The Government of Canada provides funding in support of Arts Court and the Ottawa Art Gallery

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced that the City of Ottawa is receiving $5,250,000 to fund the expansion of the Ottawa Art Gallery and the redevelopment of the Arts Court building. She also announced that the Ottawa Art Gallery is receiving an additional $1,300,000 for specialized equipment to outfit their new space. Minister Joly, along with Minister Catherine McKenna, Mayor Watson and members of Council, and other dignitaries were on site at Arts Court this morning for the announcement and a tour.
Councillor Mathieu Fleury, Ottawa Art Gallery Director and Chief Executive Officer Alexandra Badzak, Minister Melanie Joly, Mayor Jim Watson, Minister Catherine McKenna, and SAW Video Director Penny McCann
Councillor Mathieu Fleury, Ottawa Art Gallery Director and Chief Executive Officer Alexandra Badzak, Minister Melanie Joly, Mayor Jim Watson, Minister Catherine McKenna, and SAW Video Director Penny McCann

Construction Progress

Construction of a new Ottawa Art Gallery and redevelopment of the Arts Court site is well underway.  Check back regularly for construction progress and updates about this exciting city-building project.
It’s been a busy winter for the OAG and Arts Court and there has been a lot of construction progress on site.

The contractor continues to work on enclosing all of the floors and installing the necessary mechanical and electrical infrastructure for the new OAG. The top floor of the tower was poured early February and the mechanical roof of the tower is scheduled to be poured later this month.  The concrete work for the public sector and the structural steel installation, with the exception of the catwalks and travelling beams for the University of Ottawa Black Box theatre, has been completed.  The concrete floors of the OAG Firestone Gallery and the Multi-purpose room have been completed.

View from Ottawa University’s Demarais Building looking at Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion in the background
View from Waller & Mackenzie King; South Elevation
View from Waller & Mackenzie King; OAG on left, private sector tower on right
View from Waller & Mackenzie King; OAG on left, private sector tower on right

Construction Progress January 2017

Things continue to move along on the construction site.

The contractor continues to work on enclosing all of the floors, and installing the necessary mechanical and electrical infrastructure for the new OAG. The concrete work for the public sector and the structural steel installation, with the exception of the Black Box catwalks and travelling beams, has been completed. The 3rd condo floor (19 of 23) of the tower was completed in December and floor 20 was poured earlier this month. The concrete topping for the OAG north and south roof-top terraces is expected to be poured during the week of January 16 – 20, weather dependent.

View from Ottawa University’s Demarais Building looking at Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion in the background.
View from Waller & Mackenzie King; South Elevation.
View from Waller & Mackenzie King; OAG on left, private sector tower on right.
Second Floor Multi-Purpose Room.

Enclosing all of the floors of the new OAG!

Things continue to move along on the construction site.

The contractor continues to work on enclosing all of the floors, and installing the necessary mechanical and electrical infrastructure for the new OAG. On the adjacent tower, the contractor has finished pouring concrete for the hotel portion (Concourse Level through Floor 14) and is now pouring the fourth floor of the condominium tower (18th floor of the actual tower).

View looking at the south-west corner of OAG with private sector tower behind.
View Looking at South-East corner of OAG at Waller and Mackenzie, with private sector tower on the right.
Main OAG entrance lobby with steel floor for Firestone Gallery on the upper left.
Second floor elevator shaft and OAG Changing Gallery.
North Courtyard and Daly Avenue entrance to OAG.

What a difference (almost) a year makes

Things are moving along at the construction site. The first photo shows the site during excavation last fall, while the second photo shows the current progress of the building.  The third floor for the OAG is under construction (left), the walls for the University of Ottawa theatre are completed (middle), and work on the hopit 2015 pit 2016tel and condominium tower is continuing (right).

Reno of Arts Court has begun!

The structure for the new building continues to rise, with what will eventually be the Daly Avenue entrance to the OAG and Arts Court on the right.
exterior

This compact track loader is bringing in crushed rock for the floor of the P2 level – not the sort of vehicle you usually see in an underground parking garage.

underground garage

Arts Court This Week
The contractor has created the first opening that will connect Arts Court to the new OAG building. This doorway on the concourse level will open to the OAG café kitchen, which will serve both the new OAG and Arts Court.

breaking through arts court wall 1

breaking through arts court wall 2