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Designed by BR2 Architecture
The Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre is a new theatre complex and joint initiative between the Government of Alberta, the City of Camrose, Camrose County and the University of Alberta. The Performing Arts Centre includes a 550-seat performing arts venue, multipurpose space for administration and rehearsals, back-of-the-house facilities, public galleries, dressing rooms and an orchestra pit. The facility is used by the University of Alberta and community groups. Significant sustainable design elements are incorporated, including photovoltaic panels on each face of the stage tower. Originally targeting a Green Globes rating of Three Globes, the facility has achieved Four Globes.
This building includes high-efficiency condensing boilers and high-efficiency chillers, as well as displacement ventilation in the audience chamber and stage. Air that is only slightly below room temperature is supplied at the ground level intermittently between the seats at low velocities, reducing the risk of draft. In this design scenario, the room will not be all at the same unified temperature. It will be cooler at the floor and warmer at the top. The return air is collected at the top and taken back to the air handling unit. Displacement ventilation improves the thermal comfort by reducing drafts and the ventilation effectiveness by supplying air at a low level into the breathing zone and returning it at a high level (outside the breathing zone).
Emergency power feeds from an existing generator, shared with other buildings on capacity, was available. The two stage life safety system is modified to cause audible signaling devices to sound in AV and stage manager's offices, along with ALERT in all other areas (excluding the audience chamber). Lighting is LED and T5 fluorescent throughout, with solid state LED theatrical luminaires for stage lighting. It is the first theatre in Canada to use LED stage and audience chamber lighting, in addition to the use of LEDs in the front and back of house. This has reduced the stage lighting from over 100,000 watts for traditional incandescent lighting down to approximately 12,500 watts with the LED system.
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