Fact Sheet - Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

Taylor Centre for the Performing ArtsAbout the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts

  • Project spanned 16 years. Concept began in 1999, ground was broken in 2011, construction began in 2012 and the building opened in 2015
  • $90.5 million cost covered by:
    • a $21-million donation from the Taylor family,
    • a $20-million contribution from the Government of Canada,
    • a $20-million grant from Government of Alberta,
    • a $10.3-million grant from the City of Calgary,
    • donations of $4.6 million from other donors
    • financing of $12.5 million
    • accessing $2.1 million of reserves
  • Covers 8,767 square metres (95,000 square feet) by the East Gate. The community is growing with redevelopment of the Currie Barracks and ATCO Lands creating thousands of new homes and jobs
  • Overall construction manager: CANA Management Ltd.
  • Architects: Pfeiffer Partners Architects, Inc. and SAHURI + Partners Architecture Inc.
    • Architect William Murray is a leading voice in architecture for performing arts centres
    • Design and structural elements reflect the rural prairie heritage
  • Exterior features corrugated metal rain screen, using aged metal, grey silt and copper finishes and patterns. TAKTL cladding is used as the base, with cast in-place concrete. Large expanses of glass and sky lights afford abundant use of natural light
  • Interior has spacious, open-concept design, with
    • corrugated mesh panels and music note cut-outs on the balcony railing
    • corrugated copper metal walls in the main lobby and hall
    • curved mesh panels in teepee shapes in the concert hall
    • hints of a barn roof in the concert hall
    • warm rich cherry wood walls throughout, including a canopy resembling an Alberta wild rose
    • carpets reiterate the prairie motif
    • a feature art wall by Canadian artist team Studio Kimiis
  • Built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified standard
    • Low-flow fixtures reduce water use by more than 50%, compared with conventional fixtures
    • Nearly 80% of construction waste diverted to the recycling centre from landfill
    • Rainwater collected from the roof reused for washrooms and the cooling tower

Bella Concert HallAbout the Bella Concert Hall

  • First major performance space built in Calgary since Arts Commons (EPCOR Centre) in 1985
  • City's only mid-sized hall; 787 seats, similar to older halls in Europe
    • Seating configuration includes 10 theatre boxes that contain four to eight movable seats
  • Classic shoebox structure
  • Stage accommodates 90-piece orchestra
  • Engineered acoustic ceiling and sidewall paneling for optimal sound flow, and oversized duct work to reduce ambient noise
  • Named in honour of Don Taylor's mother, Mary Belle (Sherwood) Taylor, affectionately known as "Bella." She was instrumental in rallying for a much-needed community school in Barons, Alta

About the Conservatory

  • Played a pivotal role in Calgary's performing arts scene since inception in 1911
  • Largest institution of its kind in Canada
  • Conservatory programs can accommodate more than 6,000 students of all abilities
  • Rooms within the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts equipped with elite soundproofing due to box-within-box construction, which enables singers, cellists or clarinetists to practice side-by-side without sound bleeding from one room to the next
  • High-quality instructional spaces in Taylor Centre include:
    • 43 soundproofed practice studios
    • six ensemble rehearsal halls for choirs, chamber groups and orchestras
    • six masterclass rooms
    • two traditional classrooms
    • new early childhood instructional suite with five classrooms
    • percussion room
    • recording studio
    • multipurpose room
    • student lounge
    • multi-level lobby area for 85 musicians
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For further information, please contact:

Bryan Weismiller
Communications Officer, Media Relations
Mount Royal University
Phone: 403.440.6460
Cell: 403.463.6930

About Mount Royal
Mount Royal University is one of Canada's top destinations for undergraduate studies. It offers small class sizes and personalized student services within a scholarly community renowned for academic excellence and a focus on teaching and learning. Founded in 1910, Mount Royal remains dedicated to the success of its students. Today, over 12,500 credit students take a variety of programs and courses including bachelor's degrees and diplomas. More than 90,000 Mount Royal alumni are contributing to their communities world-wide.