IBEW electricians and ECAO contractors supporting performing arts
When the lights go down and the music starts at the National Arts Centre, many people don’t think about what happened behind the scenes to ensure the performing artist are showcased to the best of their ability.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario (IBEW CCO) and the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario (ECAO) are proud to be part of ensuring Ottawa’s iconic venues can delivery quality sound and lighting safely and effectively.
IBEW Local 586 and ECAO contractors Wired Synergy Inc. and Ziebarth Electrical Contractors Ltd. have been actively involved in improving and maintaining some of Ottawa’s most important entertainment venues for years. The ECAO/IBEW CCO are also proud sponsors of the Ontario Country Music Awards and other events that feature home-grown talent.
Being a Part of the National Arts Centre’s Future
Most Canadians are familiar with the National Arts Centre (NAC). This National Historic Site of Canada came to life in 1967, and for over 50 years has been the place for performing arts across the country. It stages more than 1,300 performances a year.
This beloved building needed renovations, and those renovations started in 2016. The projected end date for the project is October 2019.
“It’s completely different from anything else in Ottawa, and different from anything we’ve ever done,” says Roch Picknell, president and CEO of Wired Synergy Inc (and star of our video). His company was responsible for all the electrical work – and there was a lot of it!
“It’s been a smooth project,” says John Bourke, business manager of IBEW Local 586. Many of his Local’s electricians worked on this project. “They were excited to see behind the scenes of the NAC, and proud to be involved in its betterment for the future.”
“Everybody sees the National Arts Centre. It’s a central hub of this city,” remarks Bourke. “There’s a great sense of pride to be instrumental in rebuilding such an important place for our region.”
Picknell feels the same way. “In your city, you need to take care of the people that live there. Having venues like this not only provides people with access to entertainment and the arts, but it gives our performing artists a place to showcase their talents.”
“It’s fulfilling to see the NAC and know you and your team were a part of a landmark,” Picknell added. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible people from the NAC, the PCLC Constructors, Crossey Engineering – everyone from every stage of this project made it a success.”