Queen's University

Performing Arts Centre a boost to artistic collaboration

The architect's rendering of the Isabal Bader Centre for the Performing Arts.

Construction is beginning on the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (IBCPA), bringing Queen’s and Kingston one step closer to establishing themselves as a major cultural hub in eastern Ontario.

“After careful planning and consultation, it is rewarding to see the construction firm begin taking over the site,” says Ann Browne, Associate Vice-Principal (Facilities). “We will see full-scale excavation in the coming weeks.”

EllisDon Corporation was awarded the construction contract for the project after a formal procurement process earlier this year. They are in preliminary stages of removing rock from the site.

The IBCPA is expected to open early in 2014. An agreement signed recently with the City guarantees public access for community events and programming at the new facility will take into account community and university audiences interests in artistic and cultural activities.

“The IBCPA will add to Kingston’s strength as a cultural hub in Eastern Ontario in truly exciting ways,” says Gordon Smith, Chair, IBCPA Operations and Planning Committee. “It will enrich the creative arts programs at Queen’s, shaping the lives of our students and faculty, who contribute in many ways to the life of the university and the broader community. In this spectacular setting on Kingston’s waterfront, the IBCPA will enhance creative collaboration between Queen’s and the City of Kingston.”

This world-class performing arts centre will include an acoustically superior 560-seat concert hall, a ‘black box’ theatre with capacity for 100, a 90-seat film screening room and rehearsal space. The IBCPA brings together this 21st century vision in a facility designed by internationally acclaimed Norwegian architects Snohetta and Ottawa-based ema architects.

The total budget for construction of the IBCPA is $72 million. The federal and provincial governments are each contributing $15 million; the City of Kingston is contributing $6 million; and long-time Queen’s benefactors Alfred and Isabel Bader, whose vision provided a catalyst for the project are contributing an extraordinary donation of $31 million. Other Queen’s friends and alumni have generously donated $5 million.

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