PCL : Winspear Centre
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Winspear Centre

Project Overview

With a budget that most considered impossible, PCL delivered Edmonton’s world-class Winspear Centre with all the features one can find in a costlier facility. With exceptional acoustics, a magnificent lobby, and an 1,800-seat auditorium, the Winspear Centre is a destination for locals and tourists seeking one of the country’s best experiences in live music.

This 16,800-square-meter (180,833-sq.-ft.) performance and recording concert hall was built to evolve with its inhabitants. Acoustic panels and overhead acoustic discs can be modified, tilted, and raised to best accommodate the performer and instruments on stage, and curved balconies and terraces maximize sight lines for every patron. A stunning lobby opens through a tall glass gallery to an outdoor square, while back-of-house support facilities complement the auditorium for symphony, chamber music, and vocal performances.

Challenged to construct a facility both acoustically and aesthetically comparable to a world-class experience, PCL partnered with the client and consultant to visit existing concert halls. A resulting inventory of the best technical and architectural characteristics was reproduced through PCL’s value-engineering initiatives, and the entire facility was delivered not only on time, but also below the supposedly impossible budget.

DETAILS

CLIENT:
Edmonton Concert Hall Foundation
PROJECT LOCATION:
Edmonton, AB
PCL OFFICE:
Edmonton – Buildings & Civil Construction
COMPANY:
PCL Construction Management Inc.
SECTOR:
Buildings
MARKET:
Sports and Entertainment
DELIVERY METHOD:
Construction Management

Awards

1999 Performing Arts Centre of the Year - Canadian Session and Touring Industry

Awards of Excellence for Design and Construction in Concrete - Alberta Chapter of the American Concrete Institute

CISC Alberta Steel Design Award Most Effective and Complex Use of Structural Steel - Canadian Institute of Steel Construction

Award of Excellence (Masonry Design Awards) - Masonry Contractors Association of Alberta