The Guild Performing Arts Venue
During the Regular Council Meeting on December 1, 2015 Hinton Town Council made a decision stating: “That the Arts Venue project be advanced as a full build-out costing up to $6 million, with any shortfall in funding (once grants, sponsorships, community fundraising etc. are maximized) be covered by a 4.5 million debenture”.
The full scope of the project will be completed by two different General Contractors. The 1st phase is for the full renovation and buildout of the facility, awarded to Jen-Col Construction Ltd. The 2nd Phase will be for the fit out of furnishing, fixtures and equipment specific to operating the facility as a performing arts venue and theatre. The scope of work for the second phase will be tendered December, 2016.
The motivation behind the Performing Arts Venue was to create a place for theatre production, cinema, lecture hall and exhibit space where arts and cinema can have a home in our community and region. This dedicated multi-use space defines Hinton as a community that supports, invests, grows and celebrates the value of arts and cinema, and the ways in which they strengthen and enrich our region.
The Performing Arts Venue replaces the Roxy Theatre which was destroyed by fire in 2009. The Guild site is now identified as a destination for performing arts and theatre.
Project Grants and Community Fundraising:
The Performing Arts Venue project has approximately $2.5 million in secured funding from sources such as:
- Canada Cultural Spaces Fund ($1 million Federal Government Grant);
- Community Facility Enhancement Program ($1 million Provincial Government Grant);
- Insurance proceeds; and
- Yellowhead County Cost-Sharing Agreement.
Estimated Construction Time Frame: July 2016 to September 2017
Note: The first phase of construction for this project is subject to weather conditions as the exterior additions are built onto the existing Guild fire bays and utility services are installed. The estimated schedule for completion with exterior finishing and landscaping completing in July, 2017. The construction of the new Potter’s Studio is anticipated to be complete by November 1, 2016.
The current arts space (fire bays) will be upgraded to accommodate the new theatre and stage area. Retractable theatre seats are included with seating accommodations/space in the front rows to support persons with disabilities.
The stage size is approximately 16m x 7m (52.5 ft. x 23 ft.) with curtains and screen for cinema.
New construction of 90m2 (968 sq. ft.) at the rear of building will serve as the back of house for performers complete with storage and an overhead door access for loading materials from outside. Four sea cans will be located on site to support long term and short term storage needs.
A Digital Sign (two faces) for advertising events will also be incorporated in the new landscaping area which will incorporate outdoor seating, bike racks, landscaping complimented with trees and plantings.
The Potter’s Studio new build will provide 120m2 (1300 sq. ft.), self-contained facility housing 12 potter wheels and 3 kilns.
• The Guild is limited in its expansion to the West due to a major ATCO utility right-of-way which contribute to the final expansion design facing Switzer Drive• Traffic Accommodation will be put in place for pedestrian traffic impact on Switzer Drive due to the new construction. The walking path directly in front of the Guild will be restored as quickly as possible and we thank everyone for following the directional signage allowing us to keep you safe. The area is very tight to work within and unfortunately rerouting pedestrian traffic to the back of the building will be needed from time to time to support the safest route for all involved.• Communication Towers have already been removed and relocated by the Town to support the new construction. Notice will be provided to those impacted as underground or overhead communication lines are relocated and aligned to the new utility corridor.• The construction schedule is subject to weather conditions.
• Arts Society of Hinton (ASH) and its membership along with the Rotary Club of Hinton and many other group members have invested voluntary time and energy to provide insight into the design and support to bring this project to its full potential.It is through these partnerships that this project is being realized and moves forward to establishing a venue that our immediate and regional community can participate in the enjoyment of the performing arts and theatre.
• Marshall Tittemore Architects represents the design for renovating the space to the Performing Arts Venue theatre and cinema, and the Potter’s Studio.
• Schick Shiner and Associates Ltd. represents the venue’s theatre and design requirements and considerations. They have been instrumental in developing and guiding the development of an operating model that will be presented to Council in Fall, 2016.
• ISL Engineering and Land Services represented the Structural System, Civil System and Landscape Architecture design requirements and considerations. ISL will also be overseeing the construction details to ensure that the design details and contractual obligations are being meet to the design standards.
• Williams Engineering Canada Ltd has presented the Mechanical and Electrical System design requirements and considerations and will also contribute to site inspections to ensure that the design details and contractual obligations are being meet to the design standards
• Jen-Col Construction Ltd., the General Contractor, is the successful bidder from tendering process and mobilized to site on August 15, 2016.
The Town of Hinton and Jen-Col have been actively working since the award of the tender. Contracts and the supplementary documentation to the contract such as bonding, proof of insurance and construction schedules have been attained.
Jen-Col have been actively arranging for equipment, materials and labour forces within their organization and with their sub-contracted services and have now mobilized to site.
The Arts Society of Hinton and the staff at the Guild have been actively packing up to temporarily relocate until the fire suppression system can be installed on the main and second level of the Guild.
The installation of a fire suppression system was required to meet building code with the new use of a performing arts venue being constructed.
Estimated Construction Time Frame: July 2016 to September 2017
Note: The first phase of construction for this project is subject to weather conditions as the exterior additions are built onto the existing Guild fire bays and utility services are installed. The estimated schedule for completion with exterior finishing and landscaping completing is July, 2017.
The construction of the new Potter’s Studio is anticipated to be complete by November 1, 2016.