The Royal Conservatory of Music Performance & Learning Centre

Project Overview

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto and part of the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning is a welcome addition to the conservatory. Its three new building components consist of the East Building, the Concert Hall, and the West Building. The East Building houses 29 acoustically rated teaching studios on the lower floors and a large open lobby with two suspended balconies. The new Koerner Concert Hall includes 1,140 spectator seats, an N1 sound classification, a chorus area, a stage, and a piano. The adjoining East Lobby features a floating staircase and balconies. Redevelopment of McMaster Hall (renamed Ihnatowycz Hall) included RCM’s administrative services, along with the creation of new offices within the existing space, refurbishment of flooring, and updating interiors while respecting the historical significance of the building.

During the last few months of the project, PCL incorporated a 20% scope growth without affecting RCM’s occupancy and academic schedules. Furthermore, the team incorporated performance video and sound scope work into the concert hall within the last four months of the project, all while maintaining the already-set inauguration date.


The Royal Conservatory of Music
Toronto, ON
Toronto – Buildings & Civil Construction
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Sports and Entertainment
Construction Management


2011 CAE Educational Facility Design Award - American Institute of Architects

2010 International Architecture Award - The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design

2013 Civic Trust Awards - International Winner - Civic Trust Awards - UK

2010 Pug People's Choice Award - People's Choice Awards for Architecture

2010 Governor General's Medal in Architecture - Royal Architectural Institute of Canada

2010 Award of Excellence - Ontario Association of Architects

2009 Best of the Best Award - Project Achievement - Large Project - Toronto Construction Association

2010 Architecture Honor Award - United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Inc.

2010 Award of Excellence - William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship Category - Heritage Toronto