How do you make a construction zone in the Municipal Building as appealing as possible for visitors and employees over the summer?
That was the challenge facing Corporate Properties & Buildings when they realized how many pieces of construction plywood, also called hoarding, would be needed in the atrium while the escalators are being modernized.
They chose to team up with 300 City Hall School students from grades 3-6, Urban Youth Worx, All Nations Theatre, and an artist to create a mural celebrating what makes Calgary a great city.
“Every day we get a lot of traffic in the atrium, and we saw this as a great opportunity to partner with our neighbours, City Hall School, and Urban Youth Worx to showcase the creative talents of our youth for City staff and visitors to see,” says Bill Grey, buildings supervisor.
With the assistance of professional artist, Daniel Kirk, students from seven Calgary schools worked to transform the 2.5 metre high pieces into murals illustrating what makes Calgary unique.
For Diane Murray, co-ordinator of City Hall School, the project was a fitting way to end another successful year.
“City Hall School is all about helping kids become active and engaged citizens and we spend a lot of time talking about what makes Calgary special, so this project was the perfect way for them to show their pride,” She said.
Celebrating its 10th year this fall, City Hall School allows teachers to relocate their classes to the Municipal Building for a week, where students have the opportunity to learn about government from experts at The City and participate in customized programs.
“The teachers were thrilled to be involved in this project and the kids were delighted,” said Murray. “They saw it as a way to say thank you to The City for hosting them this year.”
The painted hoarding will be on display for the duration of the Municipal Building Escalator Modernization project, which is scheduled for completion in October 2010.
For more information on City Hall School visit the Campus Calgary website.