Small block of wood falls from new NAC ceiling closing area in new addition

The ceiling coffers in the NAC atrium are visible in this photograph taken during construction. Photo: Matthew Usherwood

The National Arts Centre has roped off an area inside its new $110 million addition after a small wooden block fell from a part of the ceiling that hosts wooden coffers.

The block in question is a ‘spacer’ that sits between the coffers which are over the second floor of the new addition and the staircase from the first to second floor.

The block is said to be six inches by six inches by eight inches. It fell from the ceiling at 10 p.m. last Saturday evening. No one was injured. Patrons were at an event nearby and noticed when the block fell, said Rosemary Thompson. NAC security was alerted and quickly cordoned off the area, she added.

The NAC’s director of communications says that the inspection of all the spaces will continue until Thursday when the closed area is expected to reopen. She added that any patron coming to see a performance in the NAC will not be impeded in their progress. The affected area is out of the way for anyone headed to Southam Hall. She also said all entrances remain open and safe.

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.