We’ve long been saying that not having a glass entrance on Elgin so that guests can gaze toward Parliament is such a missed opportunity – but one that is about to be set right. Be great if they could incorporate a passage to both the Rideau Centre and to Sparks St. Liveable, walkable Ottawa.
After about four years of planning and waiting, the $110.5 renovation of the National Arts Centre came together literally in about a week and a half, NAC CEO Peter Herrndorf said on Wednesday.
It may be that an election is in the air, or it may be that the stars aligned. It is certainly a result of a recent announcement by the prime minister of $6 billion in infrastructure projects for federal assets like building, bridges and bases.
No matter why, Herrndorf has what he has wanted for some time: a shiny new presence for his soon to be 50 year old centre.
The project, which will see a new glittering glass facade for the 45 year-old NAC, was revealed by Herrndorf and federal cabinet ministers John Baird and Shelly Glover in a packed media conference inside the Salon Wednesday morning.
I think the NAC has always turned its back on Confederation…
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