Conceptual Design for new performance stage in Officers' Square

City unveils conceptual design for Officers’ Square performance stage

The City of Fredericton has unveiled the conceptual design for the new performance stage in Officers’ Square.  The modern, steel clad “box within a box” structure complements the historic elements of the square and will support large and small events, as well as movie screenings and live broadcasts of major occasions. 

“We asked a lot of Acre Architects, the award winning NB architectural firm engaged to the design of the stage,” said Dave Seabrook, assistant director of the City’s Growth & Community Services Department and manager of Fredericton Tourism.  “It was critically important that the design be respectful of the National Historic Site where the stage will be located.”

“By aligning the roof line of the structure with the Fredericton Region Museum, and opening up the back of the stage to show the sky, we think Acre has accomplished something very special that fits beautifully into Officers’ Square.” added Mr. Seabrook. 

The stage is designed to be above historic flood levels, and incorporates the following:

  • structural support for speakers and lighting equipment
  • an area for performers to get ready
  • a small office for event organizers to use
  • ramps and a loading dock that can accommodate equipment set up for events

The stage will be located on the river side of the Fredericton Region Museum, pulled back from central area of the square so as to minimize impact on the grass.  While construction drawings will be completed over the coming months; construction of the stage is not anticipated until 2019 or 2020 depending on work in the square.  The budget for the project is $460,000.

“As we know, Officers’ Square is Fredericton’s great public space; the place where Frederictonians gather for entertainment and to celebrate milestones,” said Mayor Mike O’Brien.  “I am really pleased that the stage incorporates a ‘plug and play’ strategy that easily and quickly allows for performances and live broadcasts to occur. This is not only beneficial to our residents, but continues to position Fredericton as one of Canada’s premiere festival and event locations.”

The stage is a component of the Officers’ Square revitalization plan released in January of this year, after an extensive public consultation process.  Heritage preservation is a central priority to the multi-phase, multi-year plan, which provides for improvements to existing cultural, festival, and recreational infrastructure.

Key components of the overall revitalization plan include:

  • a restoration and enlargement of the Square’s central green space,
  • a chilled skating track set within the square,
  • a new rain-protected performance stage for festivals and events,
  • an intimate small stage for buskers and outdoor theatre performances
  • an area for local food & beverage, and
  • new entrances designed according to current public safety requirements.

Work will begin at the end of May to rebuild and strengthen the stone wall along Pointe Sainte Anne Boulevard.  The City will coordinate this project with planned road work in the area to minimize public impact. 

Heading into summer, work will be carried out to rebuild and strengthen the retaining wall near the Fredericton Region Museum. 

  • On a related note, work is currently underway at the Fredericton Region Museum to install a new roof, restore exterior millwork, fix veranda columns and railings, and address deteriorating masonry work.  The museum remains open.

Following this year’s Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, from September 11-16, Officers’ Square will be closed to allow for the installation of underground infrastructure, to expand the size of the central green space and to install the skating track.  This work will continue into the summer of 2019.

For more information, visit the “Officers’ Square – Garrison District Master Plan” web page at www.fredericton.ca or contact Service Fredericton at 506-460-2181 or service@fredericton.ca.