EDMONTON—Experts agree Edmonton’s planetarium restoration is out-of-this-world.
The city’s restoration project on the Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium has received a 2021 Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Award from The National Trust for Canada.
“We are thrilled to deliver exceptional work for Edmontonians, and to ensure the heritage and history of this facility endures for the next generation,” said Darren Giacobbo, project manager for facility infrastructure delivery, in a statement. “This planetarium – once a first of its kind in Canada – has a rich legacy of opening up the stars to Edmontonians, and we’re proud that this restored space can continue to serve our communities.”
The Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Awards showcase the value and viability of historical buildings for new or traditional uses.
The project included restoring the facility’s interior and exterior which has be closed to patrons for 30 years.
It also featured modern upgrades such as LED lighting and new mechanical equipment to bring it up to code and the city’s sustainability standards.
The scope of the project also created accessible washrooms that can be used by Coronation Park visitors.
City officials stated they continue to work closely with the Telus World of Science on future programming opportunities like preschool programs, rental or community offerings, summer camps and future planetarium show productions.