A major renovation to improve the acoustics and service to patrons for the historic Queen Elizabeth Theatre, one of Vancouver’s cultural jewels was completed before the start of the 2010 Olympics. Originally constructed in 1959, the building was later divided into two areas, the 2900 seat main auditorium and the 800 seat playhouse. As part of the upgrade, acoustic separation of the two areas and acoustic treatment within the auditorium was carried out to achieve the level of performance excellence required for performances by Vancouver Opera and Ballet British Columbia and other various productions.
One of the challenges included in the scope of work was to eliminate any noticeable drafts or noise from air movement.
Western Mechanical Services had a significant role along with the other professional, technical and trades involved in the design and construction by providing building system commissioning services as well as testing and balancing of the air handling and other mechanical systems.