The Conservatory is a world-class facility that is a focal point of the Lincoln Park Campus at Mount Royal University and has venues including the Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts' TransAlta Pavilion and the 700-seat Bella Concert Hall. The facility has ensemble studios, practice rooms, a recording studio, teaching studios, classrooms, assembly room and a music library. The Conservatory serves the University’s music, theatre, speech and childhood community outreach programs.
RJC worked with the design team, led by Pfeiffer Partners Architects from Los Angeles, and Sahuri + Partners Architecture from Calgary, to create this beautiful education and performance venue for the world stage. The Conservatory’s design includes numerous sustainable design features, including being sited to maximize natural light exposure. It is projected to achieve LEED Gold Certification.
The superstructure consists of a combination of cast-in-place concrete and structural steel. The ensemble rooms and studios in the program area were constructed as a box within a box to ensure acoustical separation between spaces to prevent sound travelling within the structure. RJC made use of solid pre-cast roof panels which became the acoustic finish of the concert hall; this allowed the Contractor to minimize ceiling work in the 90-foot-tall theatre.