Recent renovations have brought new life into Level One of the Steamship Terminal building, and the space is now brighter and reenergized. GVHA has managed the building since 2008, following the closure of the Royal London Wax Museum. Until now, Level 1 has been vacant, but recent improvements have transformed the former ‘Chamber of Horrors’ into a more versatile area.
“The intention was always to have the Steamship building fully occupied,” says GVHA facility operations coordinator, Tom Sigwin. “Now we’re just in that perfect era where the quasi-industrial look is considered chic, and Level 1 fits into that category. The ceiling is finished, but you can see all the duct work and the pipes.” The renovations were more about making the space look better than extensive construction or structural repairs, he adds.
With the renovations, part of Level 1 was leased out to Songhees Nation as a cultural centre open to the public. They have worked with the Robert Bateman gallery to display a First Nations exhibition, and hosted an attraction called the Songhees Summer Cultural Festival.