MacEwan University Centre for Arts and Culture set to open
'I'm really looking forward to seeing students occupying the space and to see it filled up with energy'
Jeremiah McDade sports a hard hat and safety vest as he grips his saxophone.
"It's beautiful," said the music professor and member of the Celtic family ensemble The McDades.
"Most people who experience this centre will see the public spaces like this amazing recital hall and the art gallery," he said. "However, first and foremost, this centre is a teaching and learning facility."
"Right now there are hundreds of faculty, staff and students preparing for the move downtown," said dean of the faculty of fine arts and communication Allan Gilliland.
This month marks the end of classes in the old arts campus at 100th Avenue and 156th Street, a facility that has now been sold to the City of Edmonton.
The consolidation of MacEwan's facilities has been years in the making.
"We can't wait to bring our creativity and spirit to the downtown campus and join the rest of the university," Gilliland said.
"Acoustics is huge in a building like this. You want to make sure the sound is just right," Trayner said.
"For example, you're a student and you want to do an impromptu performance in the middle of the atrium, you want to make sure it doesn't just sound like an echo chamber."
He reports the project is on time and on budget.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing students occupying the space and to see it filled up with energy and with art."