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Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre


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 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.

S + A Services Included:


The Green Globe uses the Model National Energy Code for Building (MNECB) as a reference to assess energy performance. Footprint conducted an energy analysis and optimized energy efficiency in order to meet the Green Globe certification requirements.

The objective of the energy simulation is to determine annual energy consumption for the Performing Arts Centre and to compare the savings to energy consumption of a Reference Building designed to MNECB 1997. An energy model was created using IESVE 2013 energy modelling software.


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.


Camrose, Alberta

Gross Floor Area

  • 44,200 sq ft

Total Construction Cost

$ 17,500,000

Completion Year



Top Projects 2014 - Project of the Year Winner & Institutional - Under $50 Million

Four Green Globes

Consulting Engineers of Alberta 2017 Award of Merit, Building Engineering - Recreational