Canada Pavilion Construction Update
On Monday January 21, 2008, the Government of Canada and Cirque du Soleil announced their collaboration to create Canada’s 6000-square-meter Pavilion for Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. The theme of Expo 2010 is ‘Better City, Better Life’, and Canada’s theme will be ‘The Living City: Inclusive, Sustainable, Creative’.
SNC-Lavalin Inc. has now started work on preparing the site and building the Canada Pavilion foundation, making Canada among the first countries to start construction at Expo 2010.
The design for the Canada Pavilion at Expo 2010 is now finalized. The design approach, which has an open air public space as its center piece, was first unveiled in January 2008. Over the past year, the design, created by Cirque du Soleil, has evolved through adjustments and refinements.
The Canada Pavilion is located in Zone C, on the Pudong side of the Huangpu River.
The pavilion is about the size of two-and-a-half NHL ice hockey rinks, said Susan Gregson, Canada’s consul general in Shanghai. It is expected to welcome up to 5.5 million people or 30,000 visitors per day during the six-month Expo period.
The pavilion will be anchored by an open public place and surrounded by three large structures. The square will be a performing area, where visitors can watch the performances of Cirque du Soleil before checking out the pavilion.
The overall budget for the Canadian pavilion will be 45 million Canadian dollars (US$43.57 million).
Canada has also given environmental protection consideration into the pavilion. Part of the pavilion’s exterior walls will be covered by a special kind of greenery and rainwater will be collected by a drainage system for use inside the pavilion.
Further information about the Canadian Pavilion: www.expo2010canada.gc.ca.