Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium Restoration receives National Trust award
September 17, 2021

The City of Edmonton's restoration project on the Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium has received a 2021 Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Award from The National Trust for Canada. 

“We are thrilled to deliver exceptional work for Edmontonians, and to ensure the heritage and history of this facility endures for the next generation,” said Darren Giacobbo, Project Manager, Facility Infrastructure Delivery. “This planetarium - once a first of its kind in Canada - has a rich legacy of opening up the stars to Edmontonians, and we’re proud that this restored space can continue to serve our communities.”  

Rehabilitation work included the restoration and refurbishment of the exterior and interior of a facility that has been out of service for over 30 years. It also featured modern upgrades such as LED lighting and new mechanical equipment to bring it up to code and the City’s sustainability standards. 

As part of the rehabilitation, the planetarium now has accessible washrooms available for use by Coronation Park visitors. The City of Edmonton continues to work closely with the Telus World of Science on future programming opportunities like preschool programs, rental or community offerings, summer camps and future planetarium show productions. 

The Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Awards showcase exemplary projects and places that contribute to our communities while illustrating the value and viability of historical buildings for new or traditional uses. 
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