Tour: The Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project

Please Note: Long Pants, 6” high steel toed boots, safety vests, glasses and hard hats are required. Participants must provide their own safety gear to include boots, vest and hard hat. Anyone not coming equipped will not be allowed on the tour.

This tour will provide participants with a behind the scenes look at the construction of a landmark municipal arts centre.

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project is part of a long-standing vision for the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown. This unique city-building project will expand the OAG and Arts Court at 2 Daly Avenue by utilizing vacant City-owned land and integrating it with complementary private sector development. This initiative represents a public-private investment of over $100 million, with funding for the public component from the City of Ottawa, the Province of Ontario, the Ottawa Art Gallery, and the University of Ottawa.

They are building a new, museum standard Ottawa Art Gallery, a multi-purpose screening room, a Black Box Theatre and classrooms for the University of Ottawa, and connecting to and renovating spaces within the Arts Court to improve facilities for artistic creation and production. Once complete, the new building will enhance the look of adjacent streets with the showpiece OAG box and outdoor courtyards. And inside, exhibition, lab, and administration space for the OAG and major resident groups at Arts Court will expand substantially. The new OAG and Arts Court will share the site with a private sector tower, consisting of a Group Germain hotel and condominiums by DevMcGill.

This project is a design-build and construction by EBC Inc Construction. taking place next to, and within, a fully functioning arts centre. Construction of the OAG will be in the final stages and it will be ongoing inside Arts Court. Participants will be led through the gallery, theatre, and arts administration spaces, and the advocate architects and the design-build architect will be on hand to answer questions.

Tour Leaders:

Marco Manconi, Manager of Design and Construction, City of Ottawa

Richard Fouchard, Senior Project Manager, Design  and Construction, City of Ottawa

Magalie Michel,  Design Build Architect, Regis Côté et associés, architects

Mitch Hall, Advocate Architect, KPMB Architects

Barry Padolsky, Advocate Architect, Barry Padolsky Associates Inc.

Session Details

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
1.5 Self-directed learning hours
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Session Speaker(s)

Marco Manconi

Manager of Design and Construction, City of Ottawa

Richard Fouchard

Senior Project Manager, Design and Construction, City of Ottawa

Magalie Michel

Design Build Architect, Regis Côté et associés, architects

Mitchell Hall, OAA, MRAIC

Principal, KPMB Architects

Mitchell Hall joined KPMB Architects in 1989, and has demonstrated a commitment to inventive and innovative use of materials and construction methods, and the ability to turn great design ideas into great buildings through rigorous examinations of all aspects of construction systems and details. His projects include the Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery, the McGill University and Genome Quebec Innovation Centre, Canada’s National Ballet School, the Mike & Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, and the Health Sciences Waterfront Campus for Toronto’s George Brown College. His latest projects include the new Science and Academic Building at the University of Lethbridge and Canada’s Diversity Gardens at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg. Mitchell has lectured on KPMB’s work in Canada and the United States, has been a guest critic and juror, and is a member of the City of Mississauga Design Review Committee.

Barry Padolsky, OAA FRAIC

Principal, Barry Padolsky Associates Inc. Architects

Barry Padolsky Associates Inc., Architects is an Ottawa based architectural, urban design, and heritage consulting practice founded in 1969. The firm has won 28 national, provincial, and civic design awards of which 22 have been for heritage conservation. In 2015, along with architect Shirley Blumberg and other members of the coalition, Barry led the defense of the LTVP, starting with a letter to the Prime Minister objecting to the siting of the Victims of Communism monument.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa.

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