The Cultch / Vancouver East Cultural Centre

  • Building Type
    NEW – 3-storey steel and concrete structure
    EXISTING – 2 – storey wood frame originally built in the early 1990’s as a church
  • Project Value
    $13.5 Million
  • Procurement Method
    Stipulated sum tender for Phase 1 and negotiated fixed price for Phase 2
  • Contractor
    PAX Construction Ltd.
  • Architects
    Proscenium Architecture and Interiors

Turnbull Construction Project Managers Ltd. provided comprehensive project management services for the complete restoration of this historic 100 year old theatre.

The first phase of the project consisted of an 8,200 sq. ft., 3-storey addition to the facility which added a new culture lab, dressing rooms, elevator access and new staff offices to the Cultch.

Phase 2 consisted of a complete renovation to the existing 14,000 sq. ft. heritage facility including a seismic upgrade, new electrical and mechanical systems, replacement of all building envelope systems, and new theatre lighting, sound and rigging systems.

The 300 seat theatre was significantly upgraded acoustically while maintaining its original close atmosphere which audiences enjoy so much. (

Designed by Proscenium Architects, the project achieved LEED certification and retention of all heritage components of the facility.

Construction commenced in September 2007 on Phase 1 with a stipulated sum contract with Pax Construction.   Phase 1 achieved Occupancy in December 2008.  The second phase renovation commenced in May 2008 and was completed in August 2009.  Phased operations continued during construction.