When the Living Arts Centre opened in 1997, it was not only the first building of its type to be built anywhere in the world, but it also became a landmark for the city of Mississauga. The project features more than 225,000 square feet of public space, including multiple performance venues, studio spaces, and exhibition display areas. Extensive use of glass, steel, and exposed concrete impart the building with a modern feeling.
PCL’s partnering and value-engineering processes proved invaluable in meeting this project’s aggressive 18-month schedule and limited budget. The partnering process strongly promoted teamwork and ensured close communication between all stakeholders. Funded by municipal and federal support, and by donations from corporations, community organizations, and individuals, this project was clearly on a very strict budget. The PCL team completed extensive value engineering to ensure the project maintained a high level of quality while also being a cost-effective investment.