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Bell Lightbox - Toronto International Film Festival

Project Overview

PCL provided construction management services for the Daniels Corporation and the Toronto International Film Festival on the development of the Bell Lightbox. This podium contains five cinemas of various sizes, a three-storey public atrium, two galleries, three learning studios, and a centre for students and scholars. Other public amenities include a bistro, restaurant, lounge, gift shop, and rooftop terrace. Located in the heart of Toronto’s media and entertainment district, the Lightbox fulfills the city’s green standards for urban density and is renowned as one of Canada’s most digitally advanced buildings.

The Lightbox sits in front of a 42-storey residential condominium, a separate project that nonetheless required cooperative teamwork between its managers and PCL. Owing to the complex technological and collaborative demands of the mixed-use development, PCL employed Building Information Modeling (BIM) throughout the preconstruction and planning stages of the Lightbox. Through BIM and the establishment of "clash" detections, the mechanical and electrical layouts of the Lightbox were fused with the condominium behind it, thus preventing discontinuities. The initial design was adjusted through BIM modeling, which resulted in future savings to the overall project cost.

The Lightbox was a contender for several awards in technological innovation. It won the 2010 Private Buildings in Context Award of Excellence for its complex acoustic theatres and audiovisual quality.

DETAILS

CLIENT:
The Daniels Corporation
PROJECT LOCATION:
Toronto, ON
PCL OFFICE:
Toronto – Buildings & Civil Construction
COMPANY:
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
SECTOR:
Buildings
MARKETS:
Hospitality and Gaming, Sports and Entertainment
DELIVERY METHOD:
Construction Management

Awards

2011 Pug Award for Commercial/Institutional Building - Urban Toronto

2011 Ontario Design Awards - Award of Excellence (Public Buildings in Context) - City of Toronto

2012 Ontario Association of Architects Award of Excellence - Ontario Association of Architects