The City Square project, located in the heart of downtown Regina, was part of the City’s efforts to revitalize the downtown area. The site is a 75,000-square-foot festival plaza designed for community gatherings such as farmers’ markets and music festivals. The PCL team faced many challenges, including obtaining increased budget approvals for several design changes, as well as the City’s project team and consultant being replaced when the project was only halfway complete. The site was viewed under the watchful eye of the 25,000 people who work downtown, and the project was in the media almost daily.
Victoria Park and the surrounding streets were redesigned to create more ways for people to enjoy the park space and a more welcoming environment for special events and festivals downtown. The looks of the plaza were improved with granite paving stones, decorative lighting, new trees, and steel shade structures, while the roadway was resurfaced to create one smooth street surface without curbs. The City of Regina hopes to significantly enhance both the size of existing festivals and the number of events held each year.
PCL’s own forces placed nearly 1600 cubic meters (56,503 cu. ft.) of concrete. The project included the installation of 163 piles to support the 145 tonnes of Corten steel light fixtures, canopies, sunshade structures, and two building foundations. The area covered two and half continuous blocks, over which concrete was placed to support 7,000 square meters (75,347 sq. ft.) of custom concrete paving stones from Germany.
A huge improvement to the heart of downtown Regina, the plaza opened to pedestrian traffic in fall 2011 —in good time to host the annual Regina Folk Festival.