New CFAC Week 71: Theatre inspection

March 23, 2016

NewCFAC_Week71 As each floor and room comes together in the new Centre for Arts and Culture, care is taken to ensure that the building is not only beautiful and functional, but also safe. Inspections are conducted every step of the way, and recently, the Recital Hall ceiling was the subject of three separate types of evaluation.

After the Recital Hall ceiling was completed, it had to be determined that the ceiling—an important element in a performance space—was up to standard, so electrical, mechanical and theatre consultants were called in to complete inspections. The electrical consultant ensured that lighting and wiring meet quality and safety standards. Lighting is a crucial part of any theatre setup, so proper installation is key not only for safety but for reliably executed shows. The mechanical consultant inspected ductwork and heating lines to check for proper installation and operation.

While electrical and mechanical inspections are standard on any construction project, buildings like CFAC require extra, more specialized inspection. In this case, two theatre consultants had to inspect the ceiling area to ensure that characteristics needed for quality performances were in place. This included checking that the layout and positioning of the lighting battens is suited to the venue and stage setup, and ensuring acoustics and sound isolation treatment will successfully stop excess sound from bleeding in or out. This extra level of inspection and attention to detail ensures that the Recital Hall will meet the needs of students and the expectations of audiences.

Last week crews also continued to work on the roof structural steel and decking, as well as concrete pours for atrium stair landings.

Fast Facts:

  • Average manpower for the week was 255 workers
  • 14,793 m3 of concrete has been poured to date.

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