Construction Updates

Arts Centre Expansion – Construction Update February 3, 2020
Dalhousie is building a three-storey addition to the Seymour Street side of the Dalhousie Arts Centre, with an anticipated completion of fall 2021. This work will involve construction noise throughout the project. The main activity between now and March 2020 will be preparing the foundation. This will involve rock-breaking and instances of localized blasting.

1. Excavation, Rock Breaking, Drilling & Blasting: The excavation, intermittent rock breaking and removal of soils and rock will continue over the next two months. The rock breaking is being scheduled around critical activities/classes/exams for FSPA and Cohn practices & performances.  Rock drilling and blasting should now be complete, unless there is an unforeseen need once material has been removed from site.

2. Road & Sidewalk Closures:  Short single lane closures are to be expected.Phase 1 of the sidewalk encroachment has been delayed but is expected to take place within the next 2 weeks. The sidewalk will be pushed out into the parking spot area and surrounded by barriers for pedestrian protection. Approximately 8 legal HRM parking spots will be eliminated for the duration of the Project – Completion in late Fall of 2021. Please note, there are cars parking along Seymour St. that are not in valid HRM Parking Spaces and will receive HRM parking tickets.

3. Special Notifications: The Tower Crane is scheduled to be erected between during the 2nd week of Feb 2020. There will be partial street closures during the unloading and erection. More information will be available as we approach Feb 7, 2020.

Construction Schedule   

Please be advised of the tentative schedule for rock breaking until Sunday, February 9, 2020. We hope that blasting is now finished, but we'll receive a 24-hour advance notice if blasting is needed.

Day & Date AM PM Notes
MON: Feb 3 7:00 - 11:30
12:45 to dark Morning rock breaking with large and small hammer. Afternoon rock breaking with small hammer
TUE: Feb 4 7:00 - 12:00 12:30 to dark Morning rock breaking with large and small hammer. Afternoon rock breaking with small hammer
WED: Feb 5 7:00 - 11:30 12:45 to dark Morning rock breaking with large and small hammer. Afternoon rock breaking with small hammer
THU: Feb 6 7:00 - 12:00   12:30 - 2:00 Morning rock breaking with large and small hammer. Afternoon rock breaking with small hammer
FRI: Feb 7 7:00 - 10:30 12:00 - 1:00   Morning rock breaking with large and small hammer. Afternoon rock breaking with small hammer
SAT: Feb 8 8:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 1:00 Rock breaking with large and small hammer
SUN: Feb 9 9:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 2:00 Rock breaking with large and small hammer

Blast Procedure: (if blasting is needed) A warning horn will sound 3 times, then the blast will happen, finally an all clear horn will sound once to notify that the rock blasting is complete. 

Students who need practice/rehearsal space during mornings should consider booking FREE space at the Maritime Conservatory, as per procedures below:

  • Students are welcome to rehearse in any available room weekdays during open hours and prior to 3:30pm
  • Students must call the MCPA Administration Office one day in advance to secure a booking. The contact number is: 902-423-6995
  • Students will need to provide their name and their university instructor's name to complete the booking.
  • Should any concerns or issues arise, contact Jack Bennett at:  music.dean@maritimeconservatory.com

To stay up to date with the project, please check construction schedule updates above and visit www.dal.ca/artsexpansion