BridgeCAT Centre, Dartmouth, NS


The Bridge Centre for Arts and Technology (BridgeCAT) offers arts and technology training to kids in their late teens. The programs offered focus on the use of creative arts as an innovative educational method of training.  The highly acclaimed educational philosophy was pioneered by the founder of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation, Mr. Bill Strickland, in Pennsylvania, USA. The BridgeCAT centre offers programs for high-school age kids in the Halifax and Dartmouth area and is the first to be opened in Canada. 

HEC was approached by the BridgeCAT Board of Directors about becoming involved in the project, specifically in regards to the assessment of their newly acquired building and the changes required to create a space that accommodates the needs of the centre. HEC recognizes the value of education both in our field of work but also in the global economy. HEC is committed to supporting local educational efforts and community programs and as such, one of HEC’s owners, Robbie Fraser, became a member of the Facilities Improvement Committee volunteering his time and HEC’s services.  

HEC assessed the existing building structure and developed a solution to enhance the floor space in the first floor of the building by providing reinforcing drawings to allow the removal of 5 existing wood building columns. The removal of the existing columns  created an open floor space which would be much more suitable to accommodate the educational activities of the BridgeCAT centre.

HEC produced detailed construction drawings, which included structural plans, connection details and construction methods to conduct the work.

Client: BridgeCAT Board of Directors

Value: Volunteer Time and Professional Services

Year: 2012

Role: Structural Designers for Facility Improvements