FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre is both an academic and cultural complex. The complex is adjacent and physically connected to Brock University’s Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, sharing the venue for production, performance and learning purposes.  Four performance venues: Partridge Hall (770 seats), Recital Hall (304 seats), Robertson Theatre (200 seats),  and The Film House (199 seats) make up the complex, as well as an open lobby space that doubles as an event space.

The performance halls and the front of house spaces were designed to be community centric and multi-modal in nature, with the ability to accommodate all types of musical and theatrical productions, even corporate presentations and annual general meetings The lighting schemes had to be  equally nimble to accommodate an ever changing agenda.

Feature, dynamic, colour changing “glow walls” afford Partridge Hall with a multitude of moods and atmospheres. In the Algoma Central Lobby, the goal was to create and extroverted space, so the lighting design team worked with daylighting and perimeter curtain wall lighting to increase the transparency of the room, opening it up to the city beyond.  The curtain wall of the south facing feature cantilevered block is washed with theatrical accent accent lighting that telegraphs across the canal valley.  Outside the ‘Raceway Plaza’ is host to outdoor concerts and food truck festivals, minimally lit for evening enchantment.