Simon Fraser University, School for the Contemporary Arts, Vancouver BC
SFU required new teaching and performance facilities in a downtown “Woodward’s”retail building redevelopment.
The six-level facility includes two performance theatres, a cinema, teaching studios, sound stage and offices; and required one of the theatres, the cinema and sound stage to be stacked atop of each other. The performance requirements made sound isolation paramount.
A “room within a room” method was applied: floating concrete slabs for floors, structurally separated inner walls and noise barrier ceilings. The base building and school’s fit-out were contractually separate, so coordination was required to ensure the acoustical designs were met throughout the building.
The building is due to open January 2010.
“SFU Contemporary Arts at Woodward’s will add seven much needed performance and exhibit spaces to Vancouver’s rich cultural mix, and promises to be a magnet for arts enthusiasts across Canada and around the world.”
- SFU President Michael Stevenson