TERRACE BAY CULTURAL CENTRE PROJECT
Terrace Bay Cultural Centre Before
Terrace Bay Cultural Centre After
The Terrace Bay Cultural Centre Project is a $2 million renovation of a vacated school site for the relocation of the Terrace Bay Public Library, growth of the Terrace Bay Seniors Activity Centre, and establishment of the Michael King Hall.
The Terrace Bay Cultural Centre Project originated in mid 2008 with the goal of reusing valuable space at a vacated school site. The Terrace Bay Superior Seniors had carried out a feasibility study in 2007 for using a portion of the building for the creation of a Seniors Centre. Within the study, it identified the South Wing as the best fit for the Seniors needs and since then they have renovated and opened the wing as the Terrace Bay Seniors Activity Centre where they conduct regular meetings, socials, and healthy living events.
Within the study, it provided options for the North Wing of the building which included possible demolition. Terrace Bay Council evaluated different uses for this space and it was determined that relocating the Terrace Bay Public Library was the best option. The Library has outgrown its current location in the Community Centre and for its programming to continue to grow it requires space better designed for its needs. Additionally, renovations for a kitchen and washrooms would lead to a full-service community hall to generate new economic opportunities.
Left - Members of the Steering Committee and Council with
Minister of Northern Development, Mines, and Forestry Michael Gravelle
Project Steering Committee
The steering committee for this project is made up of staff members from the Township, A Terrace Bay Councilor, the CEO and a board member from the Terrace Bay Public Library, and the President and Vice President of the Terrace Bay Superior Seniors Club.
The Township would like to recognize the excellent working relationship and cooperation of the steering committee.
The Main Activities in the Project Include:
Renovation of Sections of the North Wing – this involves extensive renovations to section of the building to provide for the relocation of the Terrace Bay Public Library. Within the relocation of the Library will also be the creation of a heritage area to showcase the unique history of our region.
Renovation of Sections of the South Wing – this involves the renovation of two former change rooms into 1) a full commercial grade kitchen to service the needs of the adjoining auditorium and 2) handicapped accessible washrooms for the auditorium. The goal of these renovations is to enhance the capabilities of the auditorium.
October 4 - Public Library Officially Opens
The Terrace Bay Public Library has reopened at its new site within the Terrace Bay Cultural Centre at 13 Selkirk Avenue. All residents are invited to check out the new library setup and take advantage of the enhanced services offered at the new location. An official grand opening of the Terrace Bay Cultural Centre will take place in November 2010. The hours of operation for the library are Monday to Wednesday 10:00am – 5:00pm & 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Thursday & Friday 10:00am – 5:00pm, Closed on Saturday & Sunday. For more information, call the library staff at 825-3315, 222 or email email@example.com
July 15 - Cultural Centre Almost Finished
The completion of the construction phase of the Cultural Centre Project is almost complete. The building still requires a few final touch ups, marketing signage, final painting of areas for the Michael King Hall and Seniors Activity Centre and then will be ready for the Terrace Bay Public Library to move in. A grand opening is tentatively being planned for late September 2010.
April 29 - Cultural Centre Project On Schedule
The Terrace Bay Cultural Centre project continues to progress on schedule and on budget. The project involves renovating the North Wing of the former St. Martin School site to provide for the relocation of the Terrace Bay Public Library as well as other improvements in enhancing the Seniors Activity Centre and creation of the Michael King Community Hall. Man-Shield Construction Inc. was awarded the project and the project is expected to be completed in August 2010.
February 2 - Cultural Centre Renovations Underway
The Terrace Bay Cultural Centre project officially began construction on January 4, 2010 and the renovations are moving along nicely. The successful construction company is Man-Shield Construction Inc. and its Thunder Bay operation. The project is on schedule to be completed in the Summer. Check back to this page and the Terrace Bay News webpage
for regular updates.
December 7 - Trillium Foundation Funding Announcement
The Ontario Trillium Foundation announced a financial contribution to the Terrace Bay Cultural Centre project of $96,000 to purchase kitchen equipment for the creation of a full-service kitchen which will transform the existing auditorium space into the new Michael King Hall. The Township would like to thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for its generous contribution which will generate new sustainable economic opportunities for the Township of Terrace Bay and its community groups and improve overall quality of life for residents.
October 14 - Name of the New Community Hall
The name of the new Community Hall within the Cultural Centre will be the “Michael King Hall” to recognize the time and efforts Mayor King has given to our beautiful community. Over the sixteen years as a Member of Council, Michael has worked tirelessly on behalf of the residents and is now the longest standing Mayor in the Township’s history. Our residents should know that after careful consideration, Mayor King was never involved in this process and that his fellow Councilors made the final decision. The new Terrace Bay Cultural Centre is slated to open in May of 2010. The facility will include the expanded Terrace Bay Public Library, the Terrace Bay Seniors Activity Centre and the Michael King Hall. Chief Administrative Officer Carmelo Notarbartolo outlines the naming process in the attached letter
October 13 - Cultural Centre Tender Released
The tender package for the cultural centre has been released and is available for general contractors at the office of the architects. A mandatory site visit will be held on Wednesday October 21st, 2009 and the closing time for the tender is no later than 11:59:59 a.m. local time on Tuesday November 3rd, 2009. For more information please visit the
July 2009 – Funding Announced for the Cultural Centre Project
The Honourable Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines and Forestry, visited the site of the Terrace Bay Cultural Centre project to announce a contribution of $311,300 on behalf of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and the McGuinty Government. The NOHFC contribution is 1/6 of the total project costs of $1.86 million and builds on previous contributions of $622,000 from the Federal portion of the Building Canada Fund and $622,000 from the Provincial portion of the Building Canada Fund. The project is developing its final engineered drawings and will be entering construction in October 2009 with the majority of work expected to be completed over the Winter. The renovation is expected t o create 26 construction jobs in the short-term and in the long-term will greatly enhance the building and improve overall energy efficiency. Mayor Michael King praised the commitment of the various levels of government to making this project possible. Chief Administrative Officer Carmelo Notarbartolo recognized the commitment of the library board and CEO Mary Deschatalets, the Superior Seniors Club and representatives Joan Clark and Doug Roberts, and Terrace Bay Municipal Staff.
May 2009 – Project Architects Selected
The Township of Terrace Bay was pleased to select Kuch Stephenson Gibson Malo Architects and Engineer as the firm to develop final design drawings for the project. Michelle Gibson will be the Project Manager and she has extensive experience with this project as part of the original feasibility study for the building, and with Terrace Bay in general through her role in the construction of the St. Martin Catholic School.
Benefits of this Project:
A suitable space for large scale functions and creation of new revenue sources for community groups.
A more suitable space for the Terrace Bay Public Library to offer enhanced programming and services
An environment for more extensive types of programming and events
Handicapped accessibility throughout the location
Improve the overall energy efficiency of the building through new windows, new insulation, and improved layouts for heating
Contribute to a sustainable environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through less heating oil required due to energy efficiency upgrades and less impact on the Terrace Bay Landfill which could have been extensive if the North Wing was demolished
Fore more information on the Terrace Bay Cultural Centre Project
Community Development Supervisor
Township of Terrace Bay
P.O. Box 460 , Terrace Bay, ON P0T 2W0
Phone: 807-825-3315 ext.230
Special Projects Co-ordinator
Township of Terrace Bay
P.O. Box 40 , Terrace Bay, ON P0T 2W0
Phone: 807-825-3315 ext.231