What's the future; What's the foundation
By Marc Paollello, P. Eng., Deep Foundation Contractors Inc.
Is Toronto in the midst of a cultural renaissance? As Canada’s largest urban centre at just over 6 million people, the population has grown since 1834, overtaking Chicago to become North America’s fourth most populous city. Toronto’s longstanding institutions are undergoing massive overhauls to meet the demands of a quickly changing metropolitan area.
Built in 1894, Toronto’s Massey Hall has been the location for famous performances by artists like Bob Dylan, Lenny Kravitz, Billy Joel and Dizzy Guilespie. The venerable venue is undergoing its first major upgrade in more than a century; a seven-year, $135-million renovation at 178 Victoria Street will revitalize and improve patron amenities and offer much-needed additional backstage, administration and production space. The new six-story addition will also better the back-of-house space for performers, crew and support staff. The project is even more forward-thinking: new space will be dedicated to educating and developing future talent and artists. These upgrades will enable Massey Hall to carry its legacy into the future and keep the space captivating and distinct for years to come.