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    I will be out of town April 4th. Is there a advance poll ?

    Dean Gladue asked about 3 years ago

    UPDATED MARCH 20, 2020: The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing confirmed Wednesday, March 18, 2020, that the referendum (assent vote) for the Kamloops Centre for the Arts (KCA) has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Minister made the decision after consulting with public health officials and local governments, and has signed a ministerial order postponing by-elections and referendums in four specific BC communities.

    A new referendum date will be determined once a designated medical health officer advises the City under the Public Health Act that the COVID-19 pandemic no longer poses a threat to public health.

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    There will be two advanced polling dates—Wednesday, March 25 and Wednesday, April 1. Full details, including voting locations, will be available in the coming weeks on this site as well as Kamloops.ca/Referendum.

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    How will this project be funded?

    about 3 years ago

    The project will be funded by donations, grants, and City borrowing. The estimate for the project is approximately $70 million, of which, the City is proposing to borrow up to $45 million for its contribution.

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    Will the architect for this project be selected through an open and transparent process?

    about 3 years ago

    This question was extracted from Frank Dwyer's original submission from 'Ask a Question', November 2019.

    The Kamloops Centre for the Arts Society has indicated that it is working with Mr. Fawcett to provide the detailed design from the architect. This work is being completed as part of the donation from Mr. Fawcett and will ensure that the project can get started as soon as possible. The governance structure for the construction of the project has not yet been determined; however, if the City is managing the project’s procurement, we will abide by our ethics statement:
    • open and honest dealing with everyone involved in the purchasing process
    • fair and impartial award recommendations for all contracts and tenders
    • an irreproachable standard of personal integrity on the part of all those designated as purchasing agents for the City of Kamloops
    • co-operation with other public agencies in order to obtain the best possible value for every tax dollar
    • continuous development of purchasing skills and knowledge

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    Who is responsible for the operating costs of the Annex Building?

    about 3 years ago

    This question was extracted from Frank Dwyer's original submission from 'Ask a Question', December 2019.

    Once the facility is complete, the annex building will be considered part of the overall Kamloops Centre for the Arts. As such, the operating cost of the annex is included in the overall operating cost estimates in the business case. The expectation is that the rent paid by the tenants will cover the majority of the operating costs of the annex.

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    Why are the projected revenue estimates in this proposal so different that the revenue estimates in the 2015 proposal?

    about 3 years ago

    This question was extracted from Frank Dwyer's original submission from 'Ask a Question', November 2019.

    The most notable difference in the function program is the addition of the 450-seat theatre to the current Kamloops Centre for the Arts proposal, which is expected to be well used. The Kamloops Centre for the Arts design includes three different functional spaces and a spacious lobby designed to allow concurrent use with complete sound separation. In addition, synergies will be realized in components such as technical production support and stage production operations that are achieved by having three spaces.

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    How many concert hall projects has the nominated firm CHP Architects managed from design through to project completion?

    Frank Dwyer asked about 3 years ago

    CHP Architects has managed many projects of comparable size from design to project completion, but they do not specialize in one specific facility type. At this point, CHP Architects has been retained by Ron Fawcett to complete a Class D estimate based on the functional program identified by the community.

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    How does this facility fit with being the Tournament Capital of Canada?

    about 3 years ago

    The root of Kamloops’ Tournament Capital Program is hosting. Since the City invested in its facilities to become Canada's Tournament Capital, Kamloops has become synonymous with first-class events and is widely recognized for its exceptional hosting ability. As other cities improve their infrastructure, Kamloops needs to find new ways to differentiate itself in the market.

    In addition, the requirements for hosting tournaments and other sporting events has evolved beyond the field or arena. Many bid organizations require venues to host awards ceremonies, organizational or volunteer events, and media in addition to the sporting venues and are seeking host communities that can build the athlete experience beyond the sporting event. Kamloops does not currently have the ability to accommodate these needs and is therefore often unable to fulfill the complete bid requirements.

    Our hosting program often includes celebrating community through art, such as the February 21, 2020, Blazers Memorial Cup Anniversary Concert Celebration with Gord Bamford, where sport, art, and community overlap. The Kamloops Centre for the Arts would fill a gap in the community and would opportunities to host larger events and further expand the Tournament Capital Program.

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    Will the flexible space have a sprung floor for dance performance? Will any of the rehearsal spaces have barre, mirrors and suitable dance floors.

    Frank Dwyer asked about 3 years ago

    The proposed design was developed to meet a wide range of arts, community, and civic needs based on community consultation from the 2015 proposal, input from the proposed resident tenants, and expertise from professionals in multiple disciplines. If the referendum is successful, the Kamloops Centre for the Arts Society will continue conversations with specific user groups from a variety of disciplines (dance, music, choral, performance, etc.) to inform the detailed design; however, the general layout and design elements are set. The exact location, size of various rooms, storage, interior furnishings, and floor choices will need to be finalized.

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    Have other locations been considered for the Kamloops Centre for the Arts?

    about 3 years ago

    This question was extracted from Frank Dwyer's original submission from 'Ask a Question', November 2019.

    We recognize that some residents would like to see a venue of this nature in other areas of town; however, the location for the Kamloops Centre for the Arts is final. The downtown property is owned by the City and is ready for development. 

    In order to allow access for all residents and provide the greatest economic opportunity from this investment, a major community venue such as the Kamloops Centre for the Arts must be built in the downtown core. 

    When the City created the current surface parking lot, it was developed with the intention of future development. All of the materials used (fencing, trees, asphalt) were selected for their ability to be recycled or reused for other projects around the city when the site was redeveloped. This location will allow the City to maintain 70 parking spaces within the downtown core while creating incredible community capacity on the surface that would stimulate economic investment into the city. 

    With the addition of the Kamloops Centre for the Arts, Kamloops would have the Kamloops Symphony, Western Canada Theatre, the Kamloops Film Society, the Kamloops Art Gallery, and the Kamloops Museum & Archives all within three blocks of each other, which would create a cultural destination in our downtown core for both residents and tourists to enjoy. 

    The property that currently houses City Hall and BCLC is not currently available for development, nor is it large enough to build the proposed facility. The same is true of the government precinct lot. If the provincial government indicated that it would like to dispose of this property, the City’s planning department would work with the province to ensure any development opportunity meets the needs of the community.

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    Is the main theatre going to be expandable to 1,400 seats? Has flexible seating been considered?

    about 3 years ago

    This question was extracted from Frank Dwyer's original submission from 'Ask a Question', November 2019.

    As this is a Class D estimate, the detailed design has not been finalized; however, flexible seating has not been considered at this time. 

    In their research for this project, Mr. Fawcett, the design architects, and a local delegation visited many theatres to examine their functionality and operations. From that research, they presented the conceptual design for the Kamloops Centre for the Arts as the best option for this location in Kamloops, as it enables a variety of community uses within the one building. 

    The intention of the Kamloops Centre for the Arts is to maximize the usability of each space while serving a wide variety of community needs. The proposed design provides flexibility through a variety of spaces—a large theatre (approximately 1,200 seats), a small theatre (approximately 400 seats), and a black box theatre. By structuring the large theatre with 1,200 seats, it can accommodate concerts, lectures, performances, and a variety of community uses while still allowing space within the facility for the other two spaces.