Progress at the construction site of Ryerson’s new Theatre School is advancing quickly! The facility is on pace for occupancy on August 31 with substantial project completion anticipated by October 3. Here’s a quick summary of recent and upcoming project activity:
The ductwork is complete, along with the electrical and mechanical rough-ins and drywalling. The washroom fixtures have been installed and the tiling is complete, while elsewhere in the space the lift has been installed and will soon be ready for the necessary inspections. The sound and lighting booth is nearly complete; sound and lighting equipment delivery will start in late August and continues through the fall Reading Week.
The floor finishing has begun, starting on the upper level and working their way down. Painting is also underway, already at nearly 50% complete, while the installation of the acoustic wall panels in the studios has also started.
Over the next few weeks, many light fixtures will be installed throughout the facility, as well as the ceiling grids in the studios, which are expected to be completed by the end of July. The sprung floor will be installed near the end of the project to prevent any damage to it.
The signage, including the exterior “marquee” has been ordered and will be installed in early August.
Throughout September, the site will be busy not only with the final construction, installations and inspections, but also the important training and orientation within the new space.
As for move-in, the final production in Ryerson’s current performance space will be presented just before Thanksgiving. Move-in is currently scheduled to occur immediately after the fall Reading Week, and the next production will be the first in this beautiful new facility.
Did you know? A time capsule has been incorporated into the facility!