Architects short-listed for downtown St. Catharines arts complex

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Architects short-listed for downtown St. Catharines arts complex

Published on June 02 2011

Officials overseeing the development of the Academic and Cultural Arts Centre, a major arts complex to be built in downtown St. Catharines, are a step closer to selecting an architect/prime consultant for the project.

The project’s Joint Executive Committee (JEC) has named the companies who are now short-listed as the result of a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) process.

The companies are:
* Saucier + Perrotte Architectes/Stantec (Montreal)
* Moriyama & Teshima Architects (Toronto)/Pfeiffer Partners Architects PC (Los Angeles)
* Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (Toronto)
* Diller Scofidio + Renfro/RDH Architects Inc. (New York)
* Diamond & Schmitt Architects Incorporated (Toronto)

The downtown arts complex is a co-operative enterprise between Brock University and the City of St. Catharines. Brock will make the site the new home of its Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, while the City will build a civic performing arts centre adjacent to the school.

Expressions of interest were received from 34 firms, which were then reviewed by the JEC’s selection committee under a set of stringent evaluation criteria. The short-listed firms were recommended by the selection committee and confirmed by the JEC. The JEC has equal representation from the City of St. Catharines and Brock University.

The short-listed firms will now each receive a Request for Proposal (RFP), expected to be issued in early November. It is the intent of the JEC to have an architect recommended by December 2010. That recommendation would go to City Council and the Brock Board of Trustees for the necessary approvals in early 2011.

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