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  1. Verdun Auditorium slated for $26-million facelift RENÉ BRUEMMER, MONTREAL GAZETTE More from René Bruemmer, Montreal Gazette Published on: July 6, 2015 | Last Updated: July 6, 2015 11:16 AM EDT The Verdun Auditorium The Verdun Auditorium COURTESY VERDUN MEMORIES The Verdun Auditorium will be receiving a $26-million facelift that officials hope will restore it to the days when it was a major concert venue hosting the likes of Nirvana, Metallica and The Cure. Under the redesign, the ice surfaces of the 4,100-seat auditorium and the adjoining Denis Savard Arena will be rebuilt. Quebec’s environmental laws calling for the rebuilding of aging arenas whose refrigeration systems emit ozone-depleting gases spurred the redesign. While the iconic wooden seats of the Verdun Auditorium will be preserved, the Denis Savard arena will be demolished and rebuilt slightly farther to the west, allowing the creation of a glassed-in atrium between the two ice surfaces, a modern public gathering place, better locker rooms to replace those dating back to 1939, and views on the river and the city. The renovations are expected to be completed in 2018. The City of Montreal will cover half the cost, with additional funding coming from Quebec, Verdun and other sources. The auditorium’s brown aluminum facade will be removed to expose the original Art Deco brick and glass original facade. Officials hope that by modernizing the building and bringing it up to fire- and earthquake-resistance standards, the lack of which caused its extinction as a concert venue in the 1990s, the auditorium will once again be a popular venue, one of the few in Montreal capable of seating 4,000 people. During renovations, which will start next April and are scheduled to take 18 months, the borough will either stagger the work between the two arenas to allow skating to continue, or use rinks in other boroughs or municipalities. sent via Tapatalk
  2. A new headquarters facility for the Los Angeles Police Department is set to open this summer. Designed by AECOM (formerly DMJM) in joint venture with Roth + Sheppard Architects, the new 11-storey, 500,000 square foot building occupies an important civic block in downtown LA across the street from City Hall and near the Los Angeles Times and new Caltrans buildings. The project provides for a main police administration building and public plaza with below grade parking for 300 cars and an off-site vehicle maintenance garage and fueling station with parking for 800 vehicles. The design challenge was to meet the functional needs and rigorous security requirements of one of the busiest police stations in the nation while also providing greater transparency and openness to the community. In a nod to the civic nature of the site, AECOM pulled the public functions out of the building, as, for example, a 200–seat café and 450-seat auditorium, and located them in the plaza for greater public access. The park and low-rise auditorium to the North (facing City Hall) offer a street scaled entry to the building and green space for passersby, visitors and building occupants. Built of precast, glass and stone, the building is linked to the existing civic center buildings with its vertical grain, massing and lightness of color. The new headquarters is designed to achieve LEED Silver certification and utilizes energy efficient mechanical systems, day-lighting, drought-tolerant planting, a “cool roof” system, high-performance glass, water clarifiers and recycled or renewable building materials. http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=11267
  3. Un nouvel auditorium au collège Regina Assumpta en 2012 Publié le 23 Juin 2011 Dès la rentrée scolaire 2012, le collège Regina Assumpta comprendra un nouvel auditorium. Le coût du projet, dont l’annonce a été faite par le directeur général, Pierre Carle, est évalué à 12 M$. Sujets : École de musique Regina Assumpta La capacité du nouvel auditorium sera de 700 places, dont 517 au parterre. Le lieu comprendra un mode acoustique propice à la bonne transmission du son non amplifié, pour les différents concerts des orchestres d’harmonie, à cordes et symphonique du collège, les concerts de l’École de musique Regina Assumpta et les chorales, ainsi qu’un mode de son amplifié pour tous les autres événements. L’installation sera implantée au cœur même de l’établissement, dans la cour intérieure, du côté ouest. Par l’entrée principale du collège, les spectateurs auront accès au foyer inférieur menant à l’auditorium, où se trouve présentement la salle Jeanne-Sauvé. Un escalier vitré permettra d’accéder au foyer supérieur, lieu actuel de la salle Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Ces deux foyers vont également servir de lieux de rassemblement pour la tenue d’activités de groupes.
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