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Brock University to Get Downtown Arts Complex

7 MAR 2012
Topic : Education News

Brock University will be getting a new performing arts complex in downtown St-Catherines after the city and the school came to an agreement. The deal, which was signed by St. Catharines Mayor Brian McMullan and Brock University President Jack Lightstone at a brief ceremony at the school, paves the way for two major construction projects that make up the new Academic and Cultural Arts Centre.

The complex, which will be built on a 4.5-acre site on St. Paul Street, will be part campus and part municipal arts complex (which we assume will be a way to also keep maintenance costs low). The thinking is that the complex can be used for classes and as a setting for community entertainment, shows and traveling performances.

Fittingly, construction will be divided among two components: the public Performing Arts Centre (belonging to the city) at the corner of St. Paul and Carlisle streets, which will cost an estimated $60.8 million, and a new home for the University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts. This will be built on an adjacent site to the public centre, and will involve renovating and expanding an empty textile mill (at a cost of $39.6-million)

Brock University Arts Complex Render

“This whole project is a win-win-win for the University, the City of St. Catharines and the broader community of Niagara,” Brock President Lightstone said. “Brock has welcomed the chance to work with the City and with our partners in the community, to create a dynamic and innovative arts complex that gives us the advanced learning space we need, and also helps invigorate the downtown for the benefit of everyone in the community,” he said.

Toronto-based Diamond and Schmitt Architects have been selected to design both of projects. Construction will begin this year, with completion set for 2014.

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