The National Arts Centre in Ottawa has broken ground on an architectural renovation project.
Estimated to cost $110m, the project will be one of the largest capital investments by the federal government. The upgrade work will be delivered by architect Diamond Schmitt and builder PCL Constructors.
The project will include the construction of a new Elgin Street entrance and atrium, along with a new north addition to replace the concrete terraces.
The centrepiece of the rejuvenation will be a glass lantern, which will serve as a virtual screen to showcase performing arts from across the country.
“The NAC will be renewed to mark Canada’s 150th Anniversary with a warm and inviting entrance that will embrace Confederation Square, including new performance and public spaces and improved accessibility, with a grand opening slated for Canada Day in 2017,” NAC said in a release.
Designed by Fred Lebensold, National Arts Centre opened in 1969.