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Massey Hall Revitalization

First opened in 1894, Massey Hall is one of Toronto’s oldest and finest performance theatres.

TORONTO, ON

The extensive revitalization of this heritage building involved two phases.

Phase 1 included the construction of a two-storey basement and infrastructure that serves as the foundation for an addition to the existing hall. Phase 2 included the six-storey addition that accommodates a modernized back of house, a loading dock, two-level mechanical penthouse, backstage artist space, administrative offices, and technical and production facilities.

The interior renovation included upgraded auditorium seating and washroom facilities, modernization of mechanical and electrical systems, and the updating of theatrical lighting, rigging, and sound systems.

In addition to the significant structural work, the project involved extensive restoration of the exterior envelope of the building and its interior spaces.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

CLIENT

The Corporation of Massey & Roy Thomson Hall

ARCHITECT

KPMB Architects;
GBCA Architects

OUR ROLE(S)

Structural Engineering Consultant

SIZE

Renovation: 5,574 m² (60,000 ft²);
Addition: 6,689 m² (72,000 ft²)

BUDGET

$135 M

MARKET (OFFICE)

TORONTO

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KEY CONSIDERATIONS

Challenge One

Revitalizing the 122-year-old heritage building to deliver an enriching concert experience for both patrons and performers while maintaining the rich character and history of the storied venue.

Solution One

Our team designed the passerelle to be hung from existing masonry walls, enabling increased circulation for patrons. The rigging system over the stage was replaced with a new steel framework that allows for the use of modern equipment. All structural elements and connection details were designed with careful consideration for any impact on the existing heritage building, focusing on maintaining the building in its intended condition.

GALLERY

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