Varscona Theatre

Location | Edmonton, Alberta
Sector | Social Infrastructure
Market | Arts & Culture
Project Delivery Method: Sub Consultant
Discipline | Mechanical, Electrical

Varscona Theatre is located in the Edmonton historic district of Old Strathcona and has been a vital venue for Edmonton’s arts and theatre scene since 1982. The building—originally a fire hall built in 1956—was recently assessed and determined to need major renovations.

Williams Engineering Canada was involved in the consultation of the mechanical and the electrical engineering for the redevelopment of Varscona Theatre. Changes to the theatre will preserve some of its old-world architectural charm, including the original fire tower, while 671-square-metres of new space will be added to increase the lobby size, provide a rehearsal space, and increase the seating capacity to 200.

Some of the theatre’s new redevelopment includes LED stage lighting that will reduce the energy consumption as well as reduce the amount of cooling required in the facility. Further upgrades include a completely new and energy efficient heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system that will offer improved comfort and acoustic conditions for the theatre chamber.

Funding for this project was made possible by provincial, federal and municipal levels of government, and through public donations. The estimated construction value is $7.5 million. Construction was completed in April of 2016 and the facility reopened to the public on June 2, 2016 for the first performance in the renovated facility.