Quinn Dressel Associates has been honoured with an award for our contribution to The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach Florida; stage reconstruction for various theatrical performances for the Princess of Wales Theatre; Royal Alexandra Theatre, Canon Theatre; Pantages Theatre and Panasonic Theatre in Toronto, reconstruction of The Second City in Toronto. The design of the 2015 – Markham Pan Am Centre; the scheme of the Toronto Pan Am Aquatics Centre & Fieldhouse; Tim Horton’s Field – soccer venue; the compliance review of the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, Milton and York University Stadium.
Additional Recreational Projects:
- Second City Theatre, Toronto
The Second City Theatre, a 3,300 square metre complex in downtown Toronto comprising of a 530 seat restaurant at ground floor, a 394 seat dinner theatre at a second floor and 650 square metre executive office at mezzanine level. The structure is of reinforced concrete to second floor level, and of composite construction with concrete on metal deck on structural steel above that.
The initial design of the building was over-budget, but the scheme under construction put together by Ledcor Industries Limited, the construction manager and Quinn Dressel Associates, rationalized the building to conform to a structural grid and brought the project within budget. The contract for the structure came in $70,000 below the revised budget, enabling the client/tenant the opportunity to re-allocate funds elsewhere in the project.
The project involved the demolition of an existing three storey building and the retention of an historic façade fronting Blue Jays Way behind which a 1200 square metre ground floor restaurant and second floor dinner theatre were constructed, with 1000 square metre experimental theatre and office adjacent.
Regent Park Central Park, Toronto
Regent Park Central Park covers approximately 70 acres on the east side of Downtown Toronto, a 5.2 acre park, designed as a multi-functional heart of this transformed urban neighbourhood.
Four key initiatives knit the park into the local community: multi-functional open spaces with lawns and trees, an integrated urban agriculture hub with greenhouse and community garden beds, extensive children’s play areas with all-ages waterplay, and a permanent public art feature that expresses the cultural memory of the changing neighbourhood.
The design provides pedestrian and visual connections to the revitalized area developing around the park’s perimeter. At its east end, the park wraps around the Regent Park Aquatic Centre, which earned a City of Toronto Urban Design Award for public building in context.
- Underpass Park, Toronto
Underpass Park is an innovative example of the successful transformation of a previously derelict space. It is one of the largest parks in Canada to be built under an overpass, and the first of its kind in the City of Toronto. The park is a unique urban community park that incorporates public art and innovative play opportunities.
The Park was designed to appeal to children and youth and includes a large playground, flexible community spaces, two basketball half courts, and an extensive skate park area. Opened in the spring of 2013, the park provides direct and active links between the new West Don Lands community and adjacent neighbourhoods.
A major public art piece entitled “Mirage” is designed by Paul Raff and mediates the impact of the overpass on the public realm and serves as a visual link between the north and south sides of the community.
- Great Blue Heron Charity Casino, Port Perry
A redevelopment project to replace the existing casino building. The building included a total of 165,000 square feet permanent complex offering a diverse range of table games, electronic gaming devices and food service outlets. New gaming layout provided appropriate circulation paths and seating space, food and beverages areas provided comfortable seating and array of offerings within themed settings to provide diversity to GBHCC patrons.
- Fort Erie Raceway Slot Gaming Facility, Fort Erie
Quinn Dressel Associates was influential in the cost-effective conversion of the Fort Erie Raceway grandstand into a 75,000 sq. ft. Slot Gaming Facility, since the viability of the project depended on utilising the existing facility rather than demolishing it and re-building from scratch. Our approach to the project was very much hands-on and pro-active in seeking solutions that could be achieved quickly and efficiently. Working with the other members of the design team, the construction manager, the building contractor and the mechanical and electrical sub-contractors, 7 AHU’s each weighing 27,000 lbs. as well as other items of equipment, were installed in the upper level of the grandstand. In less than 100 days the structural conversion work consisting of over 60,000 sq. ft. of slab-on-grade, reinforcement of steel columns and beams and rehabilitation of 60,000 sq. ft. of roofing was completed.
Corrosion of existing steel stanchion sections, increased snow-loading on existing structure including open web steel joists and poorly-compacted sub-grade were some of the problems that had to be surmounted to achieve the metamorphosis. By using composite construction with concrete topping connecting a new high-bond composite steel deck and existing steel beams and girders through shear studs, the load-bearing capacity of the existing structure was increased.
A steel fibre reinforced concrete slab-on-grade overcame the problem of impact loading from coin carts, and was advantageous in accommodating the extensive network of conduit and pull-boxes required in the slab. With existing corrosion problems and existing drawings, which did not match the situation in the field, Quinn Dressel Associates took a major role in driving the project to quick completion.
- Shanghai Links Golf & Country Clubhouse, Shanghai
Shanghai Links Golf & Country Clubhouse is located on San Jia Bay of the East China Sea, directly east of downtown Shanghai. Occupying a total site area of 48,762m2 (350 acres) of reclaimed land, the masterplan is a blueprint for an exclusive housing and recreational community. The town centre, executive community and golf & country clubhouse are surrounded by a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.
- Princess of Wales Theatre – Structural Modifications for Various Stage Productions, Toronto
Quinn Dressel first became involved with the Princess of Wales Theatre through stage floor modifications necessary for the Lion King production. A series of elevators were required between the Trap Room level and the stage floor located just up-stage from the Proscenium. These elevators effectively cut through the stage framing, requiring a re-framing for the run of the production as well as the re-store condition.
The theatre today has a series of removable and modular stage floor panels, encompassing over 200 ft2 of performance space, which can easily be adjusted for future productions.
We have provided engineering consultation and design services in the theatre for a number of productions, such as, The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins and Oliver. For the most part, these productions involve load review studies pertaining to the grid and stage house roof trusses.
- Princess of Wales Theatre – Lord of the Rings Production, Toronto
As the site for the World Premiere stage adaptation of the “Lord of the Rings” production, the Princess of Wales Theatre required significant structural modifications to accommodate the revolving stage used for the production. Construction was initiated with the demolition of a 3m wide by 0.5m deep by 16m long concrete beam which formerly made up the downstage portion of stage at the proscenium to allow installation of the revolving stage. A new structural steel system was designed and installed to support the revolving stage, taking into account the dynamic effects of the revolving and elevating components of the stage. The work also included reinforcement of the grid iron support structure to allow for the rigging of a large steel mechanical prop.
Upon completion of the Lord of the Rings production, a new steel structure was designed and installed to mimic the former condition of the downstage concrete beam. Prefabricated removable aluminum panels were designed to provide a versatile new downstage surface at this location along the proscenium.
The scope of work included for review of the existing structure and provision of new structural elements as required for rigging of various scenic, sound, and life safety items as well as construction coordination and management of mechanical and electrical disciplines.
- Royal Alexandra Theatre – Structural Modifications for Various Stage Productions, Toronto
Quinn Dressel Associates have undertaken a number of projects within the Royal Alexandra Theatre, starting first in 1999 with the complete removal and re-structure of the exterior fire escape system, as well as upgrading safety provisions within the back-stage area, access ladders, cable life-line systems, etc.
In 2007, we directed major stage framing renovations to accommodate the Dirty Dancing production, which required the physical removal of much of the 100 year old stage floor.
In the Royal Alexandra Theatre, we have designed & reviewed the stages for various shows, such as Mamma Mia, Dirty Dancing, Miss Saigon and Kinky Boots. We have also modified the support for the speakers and the lighting systems. When the theatre did mechanical upgrades we designed supports for the mechanical units.