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Old October 1st, 2010, 05:55 AM   #41
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I was in St. Catharines on Monday and noticed some work being done. The new hospital in Louth that you can see from 406 is going well. There was also a crane in the southwes partof Downtown. Anyone know what that was for?
Probably the new six story parking garage in the downtown beside the MTO bldg...promise to be quit a striking design, unique features...
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Old November 9th, 2010, 04:35 AM   #42
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Some interesting developments in the "garden city"...check out slide show...

http://www.stcatharines.ca/en/investin/homepage.asp
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Old November 9th, 2010, 05:52 AM   #43
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St Catharines developments

Came across this "slide show" from the city's web site...shows the city 's construction activity gearing up for a lot of activity...
Looking forward to some interesting ideas and designs for the Brock/St Catharines School of Fine Arts and Performance Complex...well over 100 million dollar project

http://www.stcatharines.ca/en/investin/homepage.asp
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Old November 9th, 2010, 03:21 PM   #44
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Arts Complex

Architects short-listed for downtown St. Catharines arts complex Officials overseeing the development of the Academic and Cultural Arts Centre, a major arts complex to be built in downtown St. Catharines, are a step closer to selecting an architect/prime consultant...
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Old November 11th, 2010, 05:55 AM   #45
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Pearson Olympic Pool

Superstructure of new pool in St Catharines
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Old November 11th, 2010, 06:04 AM   #46
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Port Place pics...

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"Port Place"...good architecture, good design...
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Old November 11th, 2010, 06:46 AM   #47
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Where is the aquatic center being built?
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Old November 12th, 2010, 06:25 AM   #48
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Aquatic Centre

Unfortunately it's not located where it should have been...that is in the core...

Appears to be at the intersection of Niagara St. and Grantham or Carlton St....far away from the core and central transit...but not too far off the QEW
which makes it an easy and accessible venue for competitive events
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Old November 12th, 2010, 06:42 AM   #49
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Local Hotel chain is renovating and adding four floors to the former Parkway Inn and the result is impressive considering it's only about two hundred rooms and has that "Vegas" look...

Bring on the "slots"

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Old November 19th, 2010, 03:00 PM   #50
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

St. Catharines is a flurry of economic activity. Several projects have been approved or are in the works, all of which will have a major impact on the city.

The following list is an overview of some of those projects:

St. Catharines Health Care Complex and Cancer Centre - $900 million
General Motors Powertrain Investment - $245 million
General Motors Next Generation Engine Investment - $235 million
Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Complex (Brock University) - $120 million
Performing Arts Centre - $54 million
Smart Centre's Redevelopment Shopping Centre - $70 million
Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts - $43 million
Carlisle Street Parking Garage - $30 million
Ridley College Arena - $20 million
Kiwanis Aquatics Centre and Grantham branch of the St. Catharines Public Library - $18 million
Calloway REIT Mountain Locks Plaza Redevelopment - $15 million
Brock University International Services Building - $10 million
Q.E.W. Expansion - $159 million
Port Place Condominium - $75 million
Downtown two-way traffic - $1.2 million
Kiwanis Artificial Turf Field - $3.4 million
Generator at One expansion (nGen) - $3 million
In addition to these exciting projects, the city has been a part of a successful GO Train Pilot project, which has exceeded expectations for weekend GO Train travel between Toronto and Niagara. It averaged more than 1,500 riders per day.

GO bus service provides daily connections from St. Catharines to the Burlington GO Train Station.
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Old December 15th, 2010, 03:48 PM   #51
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Plans regarding the Skyway:

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Repair, replace, expand -- or tunnel under canal


And you thought replacing the Burgoyne Bridge was a big deal.

The province will begin studying possible alternatives to the massive Garden City Skyway as part of an environmental assessment by McCormick Rankin Corp. announced late last week.

The study is meant to "determine a long-term strategy to address the structural and traffic safety needs" of the 47-year-old high-level bridge across the Welland Canal, according to Ministry of Transportation spokeswoman Emna Dhahak.

She said the study, which won't be finished until at least late 2012, will evaluate "all feasible alternatives" for the 5.6-kilo-metre bridge that soars nearly 38 metres at its highest point to allow unimpeded shipping traffi c below.

Dhahak couldn't say Monday what some of those alternatives might be.

Decades ago, provincial planners pitched a tunnel to replace the bridge when it appeared a new "fifth canal" -- a proposed superlock that was never built -- would render the skyway obsolete.

More recently, an environmental assessment studying the potential to extend GO Train service to Niagara Falls suggested it would cost about $1 billion to build a rail-friendly bridge or tunnel across the canal.

Tunnel fans shouldn't get too excited yet, however.

"Alternatives" might just as easily mean twinning, expansion or plain old repairing the existing structure, noted Joe Cousins, transportation director for Niagara Region.

The Region is studying potential transportation infrastructure changes near the Glendale QEW interchange in conjunction with the provincial environmental assessment, Cousins said. He suggested the provincial study is part of "responsible, long-range" planning for the QEW corridor that may have more to do with future traffic congestion than the need for a new bridge.

"The actual bridge is not in that bad a shape," he said, noting the province has been making significant repairs to the structure on-and-off over the last decade. For example, about $35 million in structural repairs between 2000 and 2002 was meant to extend the lifespan of the bridge by 20 years.

The Garden City Skyway also has an older sibling still safely passing traffic just down the QEW. Half of the current James N. Allan Skyway across Burlington Bay was built in 1958, and later twinned.

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. doesn't have a "stated preference" on possible alternatives or changes to the existing skyway, said spokesman Andrew Bogara, although the canal administrator may provide "input" for the EA if required.

Public information centres will be held for residents to ask questions or comment on the study, but no meeting dates have been set yet.

The province will post information about the study at www.qewgcs.ca.
http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/A...aspx?e=2889150
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Old December 21st, 2010, 11:43 PM   #52
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"mapping out the future"...St Catharines

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Old January 23rd, 2011, 07:10 AM   #53
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What construction is being done at/near Lock 3?
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Old January 27th, 2011, 02:17 AM   #54
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Repairs on the lock are taking place.
http://www.wellandtribune.ca/Article...aspx?e=2919800
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Old January 27th, 2011, 06:21 AM   #55
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Repairs on the lock are taking place.
http://www.wellandtribune.ca/Article...aspx?e=2919800
Thanks for that.

Aren't they planning on replacing the Welland Canal and building a fifth one in the next 20 years or so? That would be a separate thread in and of itself if/when discussions begin.
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A great deal of property was expropriated 30 or so years ago for a new Welland Canal, but that went by the wayside and I don't think there's been any talk about at all for many years.
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Old February 15th, 2011, 04:53 PM   #57
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Here's an article from a couple days ago.

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City arts centre reaches another milestone


Accessible public space and a garden terrace link are just some of the ideas the city's preferred architectural firm is dreaming up for the new performing arts centre.

On Monday, city councillors will be asked to approve Diamond and Schmitt Architects as prime consultants on the project, which has been touted as the cornerstone of downtown revitalization.

"I think it's really a huge opportunity to create a kind of arts precinct and a destination, which not only is part of strengthening the life of the downtown, but also can be a draw regionally through the whole Niagara region," said Don Schmitt, a principal in the Toronto-based firm.

"There are so many possibilities and so many potentials for this, that it's really quite exciting."

The firm was chosen from a short-list of five, and announced as the preferred option Friday.

Diamond and Schmitt has designed other major performing arts venues in Toronto, St. Petersburg, Russia and Washington D.C., as well as the Burlington Performing Arts Centre and Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

Brock University confirmed Friday that Diamond and Schmitt has been chosen by its evaluation team as the preferred architect for the Marilyn I. Walker school of fine and performing arts in the former Canada Haircloth building.

The school's Board of Trustees will vote on the decision at a meeting Feb. 17.

Schmitt said the St. Catharines performing arts centre property presents a unique opportunity because of the steep slope from St. Paul St. to the valley below.

Although a feasibility study looked at building the centre on the slope, Schmitt said it may be possible to use the space for a terrace garden and outdoor amphitheatre that would create a link from the performance area down to the Canada Haircloth building.

"That combination seems to create a very unique possibility, which really is particular to St. Catharines and won't be like any other place in Ontario or beyond," he said.

Another idea is to create a transparent and accessible public space at the sidewalk along St. Paul St.

Schmitt said having informal performances, talks, gatherings, community dinners and events in very accessible public space would make it much more than a storefront operation.

"It makes it more of a crossroads for the community or more of a community forum," he said. "I think that that's also a great potential to make it a destination."

A staff report to council for Monday said the firm was one of two that achieved high scores based on evaluation criteria by a team of city staff from various departments.

Mark Elliott, a city councillor on the team that narrowed down the architects, said it was a tight race for the choice.

Diamond and Schmitt scored high on experience, background, proposal time frames and other factors, he said.

The firm's price tag of $3.94 million was also significantly lower than Kubawara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, which also scored high, but cost $4.47 million.

"It was an amount very difficult to justify in our minds," Elliott said. "We decided Diamond and Schmitt was the best value for the money and offered the best experience level for the amount of money they were suggesting."

A third firm in the running did not achieve scores as high while two other pre-qualified firms were unable to participate in the request for proposal process.

The cost for an architect is built into the performing arts centre budget.

Deputy chief administrative officer Dan Carnegie said the city would love to see the centre completed by 2013, but realistically, expects it will be finished in 2014.

Schmitt said if council approves his firm Monday, it will begin the design process meetings this month.

It will hold meetings with community organizations involved with the arts from March to June to get ideas.

Schmitt said it's a community facility and it has to be designed in a process that engages the community.

"We're strong believers in that's how you get it right," he said.

"We're just beginning that process of consulting and talking to people. And there will be a million ideas, so that's the exciting part."
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Old February 22nd, 2011, 03:15 AM   #58
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St Catharines Performing Arts Centre

Architect poised to transform Downtown

February 18, 2011

Architect Don Schmitt has designed concert halls and arts centres around the world, from Montreal to Washington to Russia, but he has never seen an opportunity like the hillside setting he will work with in Downtown St. Catharines.

Over the next three years, the renowned Canadian firm Diamond and Schmitt Architects will turn an old textile mill and the ruins of some demolished storefronts into a $94-million performing arts complex that will culturally and economically transform the Niagara region’s largest urban centre.

On a 4.5-acre site that runs from busy St. Paul Street down into an urban valley, Schmitt’s design will incorporate a series of concert, dance, film and rehearsal halls, as well as the new home of Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts.

He says the combination of topography, history, heritage and location is an extremely rare set of threads for an architect to use.

“The possibilities are amazingly powerful,” said Schmitt this week. “The potential is to make an extraordinary place for creative activity on this amazing site. It’s going to be a unique place, not only for the community but for the whole Niagara Region, in a way that no other downtown revitalization project has been able to do in Ontario.”

The complex is actually two complementary projects created side by side: the multiple-venue St. Catharines Performing Arts Centre at the top of the hill; and nestled below, the Walker School, which will relocate 500 students and faculty from Brock’s main campus into the city centre.

In the span of four days this week, St. Catharines City Council and Brock University’s Board of Trustees chose Diamond and Schmitt to design both of the projects.

The federal and provincial governments are jointly providing $36 million for the $54-million Performing Arts Centre, while the Ontario government is contributing $26.2 million to the Walker School, which has a construction budget of $39.6 million. To cover its share, the University will need to raise about $20-million through its Campaign for a Bold New Brock.

Design work will start immediately. For the City’s project, Diamond and Schmitt will attend at least two rounds of public open houses at the schematic and detailed design phases, where architects will collect feedback and, when feasible, incorporate it into the final design. The firm will make a public presentation of the design once it is complete.

The City has also established a User Group Committee of representatives from the local arts community, who will be engaged throughout the design process to provide the architect with insights on design and operational requirements from a user’s perspective.

Mayor Brian McMullan said public input is crucial. “We understand the importance of the project, not just for the future of downtown St. Catharines, but for the performers who will call the centre home and the audiences it will attract,” he said. “For these reasons we encourage our residents to share their thoughts and opinions with the architect as part of the design process.”

The Walker School, based in the 19th-century heritage building that housed the Canada Hair Cloth Company, will have more than 100,000 square feet of space, including a 250-300 seat dramatic arts theatre.

University officials hailed the choice of Diamond and Schmitt. “We are delighted,” said President Jack Lightstone. “We had 34 world-class responses to our initial request for expressions of interest, and there was solid consensus by the selection committee on our final selection.”

Douglas Kneale, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, said Diamond and Schmitt represent an outstanding educational opportunity for students. “Their vision will provide state-of-the-art facilities to foster innovative, creative convergences for our students in dramatic arts, music, and visual arts,” said Kneale.

Construction for the overall project is expected to begin by early 2012, with occupancy scheduled for early 2014.
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St Catharines Hospital Update

This site was quite informative...
http://nhs.plenaryprojects.com/
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The hospital is coming along very well.
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