Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment

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 Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment Project

Ottawa Art Gallery current rendering south view

About the Project

What We're Building

The Design-Build Process

OAG and Arts Court are Open

Construction Facts and Figures

Project Team

Construction Updates

(Social) Media

Contact Us

 

About the Project

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project is part of a long-standing vision for the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown. It will raise the profile of Arts Court as the City of Ottawa's downtown arts centre, located on Daly Avenue in the heart of the retail, arts and theatre district, surrounded by the University of Ottawa, the Rideau Centre, the Convention Centre, and steps away from the Rideau Canal, National Arts Centre, Byward Market and new LRT stations.

This unique city-building project will expand the OAG and Arts Court by utilizing vacant City-owned land and integrating it with complementary private sector investment and development. We are building a new, museum standard Ottawa Art Gallery, and will renovate spaces within Arts Court to provide improved facilities for local artists and arts organizations.  The public will be able to enjoy the new OAG in the late summer of 2017, and the new spaces within Arts Court in 2018.  Download a PDF version of the project overview.

Construction Revitalization – Ottawa Art Gallery Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment brochure.

 

 

“This project marks the beginning of a new chapter in Ottawa’s cultural history. The progress [we’re seeing] is preparing the foundation of a long-standing vision for a municipal arts centre for the visual, performing, literary and media arts and for the revitalization of Ottawa’s downtown that will be celebrated for years to come.”

Mayor Jim Watson

 

The OAG Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment is a $38.8 million project that is funded by the City of Ottawa, the Province of Ontario, and other partners including the Ottawa Art Gallery and the University of Ottawa. This project is in keeping with the Council-adopted Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture in Ottawa (2013-2018).   

 

“We have an incredible wealth of local artistic talent and it is the job of the Ottawa Art Gallery as well as our other local arts colleagues to foster and promote this cultural output.  The Ottawa Art Gallery will become a central landmark that will afford the gallery the opportunity to truly take up the mantle as a leader in the arts community.”

Alexandra Badzak, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Art Gallery

 

Check back regularly for updates to this page as construction progresses.

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What We're Building

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment project combines both public and private development.

The public components of the project include:

  • Construction of a new Ottawa Art Gallery with environmentally-controlled exhibition and curatorial spaces, event and education facilities, and a café and gift shop (5,860 square metres gross floor area)
  • A 120-seat Black Box Theatre for the University of Ottawa and four classrooms (1,481 square metres gross floor area)
  • A 250-seat multi-purpose screening room with retractable seating and projection booth for film and digital presentations, lectures and other functions
  • A rooftop terrace and three outdoor courtyards
  • New, barrier-free main entrance on Daly Avenue, new loading docks, and elevators that will connect the OAG, the University of Ottawa Theatre Department and Arts Court on all four levels
  • Improved east-west pedestrian connectivity through Arts Court, linking it to the new OAG, the University of Ottawa, and to the future Light Rail Transit station at Rideau Centre
  • Renovation of existing spaces vacated by the OAG will provide improved facilities for creation, production, exhibition and performance for some of Ottawa’s leading artist-run centres currently programming at Arts Court, including Saw Gallery, Club Saw, Saw Video, Independent Filmmakers Co-Operative (IFCO) and Artengine (2,014 square metres gross floor area)
  • Enhancements to the look of the adjacent streets as envisioned by the City’s Downtown Ottawa Urban Design Strategy (DOUDS)
  • Achievement of architectural design excellence and maintaining the intent of the exemplar design

Watch the video to see the concept for the new Ottawa Art Gallery.

Video icon for the conception video

The private sector components, which are defined by development rights purchased by the consortium of EBC Inc. / Dev McGill / Group Germain Hotels, include an underground parking structure, a mixed-use hotel and condominium tower, and a portion of the infrastructure upgrades on the site.

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The Design-Build Process

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) Expansion and Arts Court Redevelopment is using a design-build project delivery method, where the architects, engineers, and contractor work as an integrated team to take the project from design development through construction of a finished facility. 

The exemplar design provides the architectural vision for the building and outlines basic requirements.  The design development process adds layers of technical detail in stages to develop drawings and specifications for construction.  This project delivery method allows construction to begin while the detailed design is being finalized. 

Ottawa’s Urban Design Review Panel (UDRP), which is an independent advisory panel of volunteer professionals, reviewed and provided feedback on the design in an effort to enhance the City’s ability to achieve architectural and urban design excellence.

The renderings below show the progress of the detailed design.

Exemplar Design Rendering

Exemplar Design – Concept Rendering.  View from Mackenzie King of the entrance into the new Ottawa Art Gallery, and the lower levels of the hotel and condominium tower.  The OAG building is a large box, with light-coloured siding and a rectangular panel of windows on the upper level.Exemplar Design – Concept Rendering.  View from Daly Avenue of the entrance into the new Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court, and the lower levels of the hotel and condominium tower.  The building is composed of stacked square and rectangle forms with large windows, and there is a panel with projected images on an exterior wall facing Daly Avenue.  The hotel and condo tower is shown in light coloured materials.

Barry Padolsky and Associates Inc. Architects and KPMB Architects (joint venture)

50% Design Rendering

Exemplar Design – 50% Rendering.  View from Mackenzie King of the entrance into the new Ottawa Art Gallery, and the lower levels of the hotel and condominium tower.  The OAG building is a large box, with light-coloured siding and a rectangular panel of windows on the upper level, like in the exemplar rendering. Design Development – 50% Rendering.  View from Daly Avenue of the entrance into the new Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court, and the lower levels of the hotel and condominium tower.  The building is composed of the same stacked square and rectangle forms.  The panel with projected images has been moved to an adjacent wall, and large windows have been added facing Daly Avenue.  The hotel and condominium tower is shown in darker coloured materials, and the design of the windows and balconies is adjusted.

Régis Côté et associés, architectes and Lemay Michaud Architecture Design

75% Design Rendering

Design – 75% Rendering.  View from Mackenzie King of the new Ottawa Art Gallery and the full height of the hotel and condominium tower.  The OAG building is a large box, with light-coloured siding and a rectangular panel of windows on the upper level, like in the exemplar rendering. Design Development – 75% Rendering.  View from Daly Avenue of the entrance into the new Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court, and the full height of the hotel and condominium tower.  The building is composed of the same stacked square and rectangle forms.  The design of the windows on the tower are adjusted.

Régis Côté et associés, architectes and Lemay Michaud Architecture Design

95% Design Rendering

95% Design Rendering. View from Mackenzie King of the new Ottawa Art Gallery and the full height of the hotel and condominium tower. On the left is the OAG building, which is a large box, with light-coloured siding and a large rectangular panel of windows on the upper level. Attached to the OAG on the right is the tower, which has both light and dark coloured siding in an irregular checkered pattern with balconies on the upper levels. There is an open plaza and trees in front of the building.     95% Design Rendering. View from Daly Avenue of the entrance into the new Ottawa Art Gallery and Arts Court, and the lower levels of the hotel and condominium tower. The building is composed of stacked square and rectangle forms. A dark-coloured box protrudes from the face of the building on the left and is part of the hotel, while a light-coloured box protruding on the right is part of the OAG. A panel with projected images is on the west side of the OAG box, and large windows face Daly Avenue. There is a wide sidewalk in front of the building.

Régis Côté et associés, architectes and Lemay Michaud Architecture Design

The final designs will be posted once confirmed.

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OAG and Arts Court are Open

Both the OAG and Arts Court will remain open throughout the construction, and can be accessed via the main entrance on Daly Avenue.  Visit the OAG and Arts Court web pages for information on exhibitions, programs, and events, and for links to resident arts and culture groups.

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Construction Facts and Figures

  • Since the summer of 2015, workers have removed 62 million kilograms of rock from the site – roughly the same weight as 40,900 Toyota Camrys.
  • An Ottawa 2017 pin was placed into the building foundation in December to recognize that the new OAG will open during Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations.
  • The tower crane is currently 71 metres tall. An extension will be built onto the crane later in 2016, extending the height to 100 metres, which is taller than the Peace Tower.
  • More than 323,638 kilograms of rebar have been used for the structure – roughly the same weight as 23 standard OC Transpo buses.
  • Workers have poured 3,446 cubic metres of concrete so far, which would fill locks one and two as well as more than half of lock three on the Rideau Canal. By the time the project is finished, approximately 14,851 cubic metres of concrete will have been used.

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Project Team

The City is working with the team of EBC Inc. / Dev McGill / Group Germain Hotels on the implementation of this project.  Other key players include the Ottawa Art Gallery, the University of Ottawa, and Arts Court.

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Construction Updates

The project team will provide regular updates on the construction activities. Sign up to receive these updates automatically.

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(Social) Media

Follow the City of Ottawa on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (#ottcity, #ottart) for news, updates, and photos.

Visit the Newsroom to find media releases related to the project.

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Contact Us

If you have questions about the construction schedule, activities, or impacts email the project team at oagartscourt@ottawa.ca

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