Timeline

 
  • November 2007 – St. Catharines City Council agrees to work jointly with Brock University to facilitate a feasibility study for a Centre for the Arts in Downtown St. Catharines.
  • June 2008 – The St. Catharines Downtown Creative Cluster Master Plan is released. It offers an overarching vision for the future of downtown, and recommended the relocation of Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in conjunction with the construction of a civic arts centre.
  • June 2008 – Brock University and the City of St. Catharines enter into a memorandum of understanding regarding the exploration and development of a joint location for university’s School of Fine and Performing Arts and a Centre for the Arts.
  • November 2008 – Marilyn I. Walker donates $15 million to Brock University and its School of Fine and Performing Arts is renamed in her honour.
  • December 2008 – St. Catharines City Council approves the arts centre project in principle following the completion of the feasibility study by Martin Vinik and Levitt Goodman Architects. Entitled Academic and Cultural Arts Centre for Downtown St. Catharines: Niagara Centre for the Arts and Brock University School of Fine and Performing Arts, the study found that the joint project is “exceptionally feasible.”
  • March 2009 – City of St. Catharines gains possession of the Canada Hair Cloth building, future home of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.
  • April 2009 – City of St. Catharines gains possession of 45-47 Carlisle St., a property necessary to assemble the parcel of land where the Performing Arts Centre will be built.
  • May 2009 – Provincial and Federal governments announce $36 million in funding for the arts centre project.
  • June 2009 – City of St. Catharines gains possession of 232-236 St. Paul St., a property necessary to assemble the parcel of land where the Performing Arts Centre will be built.
  • September 2009 – Joint Executive Committee formed and David Howes is named chairman. The Committee is made up of staff from both the City and the university and will be responsible for guiding the joint project through completion.
  • December 2009 – City of St. Catharines gains possession of 260-262 St. Paul St., the former Knight’s Inn,  a property needed to assemble the parcel of land where the Performing Arts Centre will be built.
  • April 2010 – Provincial government announces it will provide $26.2 million to build the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts at the Canada Hair Cloth building in Downtown St. Catharines.
  • May 2010 – City of St. Catharines gains possession of 240 St. Paul St., a property needed to assemble the parcel of land where the Performing Arts Centre will be built
  • June 2010 – Request for Expression of Interest is issued to architecture firms for the project.  Firms from across the globe apply.
  • July 2010 – PRISM Partners is hired as project managers for the joint project.
  • July 2010 – City of St. Catharines gains possession of 266-268 St. Paul St., the former Passfield Mortuary building, a property needed to assemble the parcel of land where the Performing Arts Centre will be built
  • September 2010 – The User Group Committee for the Performing Arts Centre is formed
  • October 2010 – Architects short-listed to five.
  • November 2010 – Request for Proposal issued with a deadline of December 2010.
  • December 2010Ceremonial demolition event takes place at the former Knight’s Inn, 260-262 St. Paul St., marking the beginning of the removal of buildings on St. Paul and Carlisle streets to make room for the arts centre.
  • February 2011 – Diamond and Schmitt announced as lead architects of both the Peforming Arts Centre and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.
  • May 2011 – Performing Arts Centre schematic design presented by architects during a public open house.
  • September 2011 – Performing Arts Centre conceptual designs unveiled in a ceremony on the site where the centre will be built
  • November 2011 – St. Catharines council votes to increase the Performing Arts Centre project budget by $6 million to meet the minimum requirements of functionality for the facility.
  • April 2012 – Ground is broken on the St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre
  • May 2012 – Webcam begins streaming Performing Arts Centre construction 
  • June 2012 – The City of St. Catharines releases the tender for the above-ground work on the new downtown Performing Arts Centre to pre-qualified bidders
  • August 2012 – St. Catharines City Council sends the design for the downtown Performing Arts Centre back to the drawing board to get construction costs within the project’s budget 
  • September 2012Artists from Niagara Artists Centre and Greenbelt Arts Collective begin transforming wooden fencing surrounding the future home of the St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre
  • November 2012Council approves new Performing Arts Centre design
  • March 2013 – New design plans and updated renderings of the facility presented to citizens at the New Design Open House, hosted at Market Square