An update on the Thunder Bay Event Centre
In January of this year concept design work started on the Phase 2 Study for the new Thunder Bay Event Centre. CEI Architecture’s Conrad Boychuk, a native of Thunder Bay, leads a multi-discipline team including Ron Bidulka of PricewaterhouseCoopers (economic impact and business case), Alun Lloyd and Carol Chan of the BA Group (traffic and parking), and Adam Rose and Paula Sdao of True Grit Consulting, a local firm working on the environmental and infrastructure assessment.
The process includes concept designs for three sites: a downtown site, an airport site, and an industrial park site. The prospect for a new event centre to replace the aging Fort William Gardens has been a community and regional focus for some time and has resulted in very polarized community opinions regarding a preferred site. CEI has focused on developing strong design and planning solutions for each of the three sites.
The overall goal for the Phase 2 Study is to make a recommendation for both a preferred site and an overall building size based on economic impact, a solid financial and operational case, pedestrian and vehicular access, and quality of life. The new Event Centre will include a 5,700 fixed-seat spectator facility with 20-24 private suites, and a 50,000 square foot conference centre including a banquet hall with seating for 1,000.
The final recommendation will be presented to Council in late May and will be the focus of the third and final open house to be held in the Fort William Gardens in early June. The estimated cost for the new facility with infrastructure improvements is expected to be $80-100 million.
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