Monday, December 4, 2023

New Loan From City Brings Montreal Planetarium Closer to Completion

Courtesy City of Montreal

The Montreal Gazette reports on the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium in Montreal, Queubec, Canada:

“Montreal city council voted Monday night to approve an additional $2-million borrowing bylaw to finish building the new facility dedicated to astronomy, which is set to open in early 2013.

“The project cost is $48 million, including construction, equipment and furniture and the cost to build a restaurant and boutique, a civil service report presented to city councillors says. That’s a 45-per-cent increase over the $33-million price tag the city touted a year ago.

“The city awarded a $35.5-million construction contract to Groupe Décarel in June. The city awarded a separate $5.9-million contract to Sky Skan Inc. to supply and install special equipment for the theatres inside the new planetarium, where visitors will watch projections of stars, planets and other astronomical bodies on overhead screens.

“The city’s new $2-million loan, which adds to two previous loans of $18 million and $28 million to finance the project, will be used to buy electrical equipment and furniture, and build a boutique and restaurant, the report says.

“The new Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium is touted as the showpiece of a $189-million revamp of the city’s four nature and science museums, which also include the Botanical Garden, the Insectarium and the Biodôme, in time for Montreal’s 375th anniversary in 2017.”



Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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