Famous Players Colossus Cinema


The Challenge


Famous Players wanted to build an eye catching, entertainment destination on the outskirts of Vaughn, Ontario. The “outer space” themed building incorporated a flying saucer perched on a lunar landscape landing pad. The building scale was immense, as it was adjacent to major transportation routes and needed to be visible from a distance. A fast track construction schedule and budgetary constraints called for creative solutions in materials and design.

The Solution


Cast-in-place and precast concrete were chosen for building materials due to their flexibility and timely construction techniques. The pedestrian level “landing pad” was built using cast-in-place concrete. Precast concrete was used extensively for the exterior cladding and for the bleacher seating within the cinema auditoriums. Innovative materials and construction method choices allowed this building to be built within tight timelines and budget constraints, while delivering a unique and exciting solution for the client.

Construction Methodologies

A demanding construction schedule and a must meet opening date, required winter construction of the building and affected the selection of building material and construction methods.

Cast-in-Place Concrete

The flexibility of cast-in-place concrete met the required structural needs and allowed key design elements to be handled in an exciting and interesting manner. The “entrance pod” doors, “sister ship” food and refreshment counter and “transport tube” elevators were cast-in-place. In all three elements, the concrete was left exposed and tie bar locations and reveals were carefully planned to achieve a refined rawness suitable to the design concept. These significant design elements could only be achieved with the versatility and economy offered by cast-in-place concrete.

Precast Concrete


The exterior of the building was constructed with insulated, exterior precast panels to address thermal concerns and minimize external noise infiltration. These precast panels sped up the exterior erection process and enabled the building to be enclosed in a matter of weeks, as opposed to months, for more traditional construction methods. The precast panels were created with a unique finish to allow the application of an acrylic paint mural.

The use of precast bleacher seating for the auditoriums reduced placement times to days, from weeks, for the more traditional cast-in-place method. This construction method also met acoustic, scheduling, floor finish treatment and fire resistance rating concerns.

Project Team
Owner Famous Players Inc.
Architect Page & Steele Inc.
Engineer Jablonsky Ast & Partners
Contractor Vanbots Construction Corp.
Formwork And Concrete Placement J.L.A. Clarke Contracting
Concrete supply Innocon Inc.
Concrete Finishing Tri-Con Concrete Finishing Co. Ltd.
Precast Concrete Wall Panels Pre-Con
Precast Concrete Bleacher Seating Central Precast Inc.
Project Management Ellis Don

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