Greater Sudbury Convention and Performance Centre
About the Project
The Greater Sudbury Convention and Performance Centre is a proposed multi-use convention centre and performing arts facility to be located in Downtown Sudbury.
- Synergy Centre Project Update - Report to City Council - June 28, 2017
- Update on Library/Art Gallery and Synergy Conference Centre Projects - Report to City Council - September 12, 2017
A working group comprised of representatives of the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC), the Greater Sudbury Synergy (GSSC) Project Committee and community stakeholders has been established to assist and support City of Greater Sudbury staff in the development of a multi-use convention centre and performing arts facility including site evaluation, the development of a business and operational plan, design and engineering, communications and community engagement.
Budget and Breakdown of Contributions
As presented to City Council on June 28th, the estimated capital cost is $63 million. Staff and the working group continue to work with CBRE Limited to refine the business plan and operational model.
Anticipated Project Outcomes
Greater Sudbury Convention and Performance Centre project is a proposed multi use convention centre and performing arts facility to be located in the downtown. This City owned facility envisions a 60,500 sq. ft. building that includes 19,500 sq. ft. of rental space, with a 13,000 sq. ft. main plenary/live performance hall featuring 950 theatre-style seats. At this size, the Greater Sudbury Convention and Performance Centre could effectively compete with other tier 3 convention centres and regional event venues for large convention and conference groups in excess of 300 persons, with trade show capacity and banquets of up to 900 persons.
Anticipated Community Benefits
As a multi-use facility, the core business of the Greater Sudbury Convention and Performance Centre will be to attract conventions, conferences, and trade shows to the City of Greater Sudbury. With 13,000 square feet in a main plenary room, and 6,500 square feet of additional meeting and breakout rooms, the Synergy Convention Centre will become the only venue in Sudbury with the potential to host large-scale conventions, inclusive of a trade show component, for groups of over 300 people. The ability to convert the largest plenary hall into a live performance hall through an automated lift seating system also presents a new and unique concept for the Sudbury market. This dual-functionality model demonstrates both a commitment to the advancement of the city’s knowledge centre and to the existing arts and culture scene in Sudbury and, giving the City a competitive advantage in growing the market and attracting professional talent. The greatest benefits of the unique Synergy Convention Centre facility include:
- Generating economic benefits to the City of Greater Sudbury, with greater impacts in the downtown core;
- An opportunity to attract different markets to a unique “jewel box” space in Greater Sudbury’s downtown core, that draws more visitors and residents to the downtown;
- The potential to produce a building that is beyond the customer’s expectations with more amenities and public space, while saving money with only one development;
- Providing increased density in the urban core;
- Operating synergy benefits, including increased activities, increased hours for part-time staff, and shared personnel and building costs.
Current Status and Next Steps
June 2017, CGS Council approved the Greater Sudbury Convention and Performance Centre project concept for the development in downtown Sudbury. Council directed staff to continue to work on finalizing a detailed business plan, operational model, conceptual design and financial plan for the proposed centre; in addition to undertaking a coordinated site selection process with the Library Art Gallery project. On September 12th 2017, City Council authorized single sourcing with CBRE Limited and staff continues to work with the consultant to complete this work.
Also, during the September 12th Council meeting, a resolution was passed endorsing the site evaluation criteria and weighting to be used to assess the proposed sites. An evaluation team comprised of Working Group members, internal staff and the consultant will assess a number of proposed sites to arrive at a recommended site for development.
On November 21, the co-chairs of the working group and staff will report to Council with a detailed business plan, operational model, conceptual design, financial plan and recommended site.
Eleethea Savage, Manager of Special Projects