SHAW FESTIVAL THEATRE ADDITIONS AND ALTERATIONS

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario


This project renovated all of the production spaces in the existing Festival Theatre as well as adding 48,000 sq. ft. of new production and administration space. The challenge was to provide a facility of this size, while maintaining the existing scale and ambience of this popular venue and its historic setting. A conventional two storey structure would have blocked the views from the main theatre lobby and terrace.  It was therefore decided to develop a scheme which placed most of the accommodation below ground, so that the landscaping could be replaced and the Theatre Lobby prospect preserved.  The lower level environment was enhanced by the introduction of natural light into this level, with generous skylights and a sunken garden on the south side. The reconstruction of the original entrance area to include a basement made it possible to connect the lower level of the addition to the existing backstage and stage level.


Architectural Credit

Lett/Smith Architects


Client

Shaw Festival Theatre


Completion

May 2004


Gross Floor Area

78, 000 sq. ft. renovated

48,000 sq. ft. new


Construction Cost

$14 million


Consultants

Chris Turner & Associates, Structural

TMP Engineering, Mechanical

Crossey Engineering, Electrical

Theatre Consulting Group, Theatrical

Vanvelzen Radchenko, Food Service

Janet Rosenberg & Associates, Landscape


General Contractor

Vanbots Construction Corporation


Awards

Ontario Association of Architects Award for a Commercial

Building over $10 million

2005


Publications

“Shaw Production” in Architectural Review Magazine, Great Britain

March 2004

“Shaw Festival Theatre”, Canadian Copper Magazine

2004

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