Renovations Underway at St. Catharines Performing Arts Center
By BWW News Desk | Published by toronto. broadwayworld.com
June 20, 2013
Two adjacent projects designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects are now into the construction stage in St. Catharines, Ontario. The Downtown Performing Arts Centre is a new 90,000-square-foot facility comprised of four state-of-the-art performance venues for music, theatre, dance and film. The $60-million project is being funded by the City of St. Catharines.
Brock University acquired a century-old manufacturing facility next to the performing arts centre site to relocate its Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts from a suburban campus. The project will renovate the Canada Hair Cloth building, add 35,000 square feet of new space and provide classrooms, teaching studios, staff offices and a 280-seat flexible Studio Theatre.
“These are independent projects that present tremendous opportunity to create dynamic synergies for students, the cultural community and the city of St. Catharines and the Niagara region,” said Gary McCluskie, Principal, at Diamond Schmitt Architects. The Performing Arts Centre, which is on the city’s historic main street, consists of a 775-seat concert hall, a 160-seat theatre, a 300-seat recital hall and a 200-seat film theatre.
“The multiple public faces of the centre will integrate with the character of St. Paul Street and provide a focus for downtown activities and community life,” added McCluskie, whose previous performing arts projects include Maison Symphonique in Montreal, Dunfield Theatre in Cambridge and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.