Lloydminster Cultural & Science Centre (LCSC)

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A Message From the Mayor

Hello everyone.

Your City is faced with some difficult decisions regarding the future of our Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre (LCSC).

Through multiple inspections, we have learned the building is at the end of its serviceable life and is subject to recurring infrastructure failures, some of which hinder the City’s ability to protect and preserve the historic and irreplaceable artifacts housed within.

In early 2018, the City began working toward a plan for relocation of the LCSC, however, the COVID-19 pandemic – compounded by recent volatile economic conditions – has created unforeseen financial challenges for the City, some of which may have long-lasting effects.

Replacing the building is cost prohibitive in the short term, therefore, the City is compelled to re-evaluate immediate plans for the LCSC.

During the City Council meeting on Monday, May 25, Administration presented Council with two options that would allow the City to continue providing art, cultural and heritage services on a reduced basis over the next 10 years while plans and funds for a replacement facility are secured. Those options are presented for your consideration in the survey below.

By completing this short survey, you are helping your City Council gain the best possible understanding of the Lloydminster public’s wishes for the future direction of the LCSC. For additional information to support your understanding, please review the Important Links and Important Document in the right side menu.

Yours in community,


Mayor Gerald S. Aalbers
City of Lloydminster


Background

In late 2019 City Council accepted the Community Facilities Assessment Report which outlined 17 city-owned facilities based on condition, cost to rehabilitate/maintain, age and much more. Through this report, it was understood that the serviceable lifespan for the current Cultural and Science Centre has concluded. Our City Council is now faced with the decision, what does the future of art, heritage and culture look like in Lloydminster and would like to better understand your desires.

During the Monday, May 25 City Council Meeting, Administration proposed two feasible options for the future of these services. These options are displayed below.


Option A

Move the LCSC to a temporarily leased commercial space to accommodate cultural, art and educational programming, travelling exhibits, artifact displays, etc.

In Option A:

  • Display spaces for both travelling exhibitions and local heritage displays (Barr Colonists, agriculture, local industry, etc.)
  • Smaller sized gift shop
  • Seasonal access to outdoor heritage building
  • The current LCSC building will be decommissioned.
  • Alternative space will be leased on a 10-year term with no assets.
  • A portion of the LCSC’s current collection will be deaccessioned (Fuchs Wildlife Exhibit, Imhoff Gallery, OTS Heavy Oil Exhibit).
  • The City will continue providing community art and culture programming.
  • The Lloydminster and District Archives, currently housed within the LCSC building, will be relocated along with the other LCSC services.
  • The City will develop a long-term strategy to design and fund a replacement building.
  • Visitor service levels will increase.

NOTE: The capital investment required for Option A is estimated at $1.3 million. The operating budget will remain near the current level of $900,000 per year.


Option B

Move the LCSC to an available City-owned spaces, rather than leasing commercial space.

In Option B:

  • Display space for art and artifacts will be extremely limited.
  • No space will be allocated for travelling exhibits or local artifact displays.Local heritage artifacts will not be circulated for 10 years.
  • No space for gift shop.
  • The current LCSC building will be decommissioned.
  • City-owned alternative space will be renovated for use over the next 10 years.
  • A portion of the LCSC’s current collection will be deaccessioned (Fuchs Wildlife Exhibit, Imhoff Gallery, OTS Heavy Oil Exhibit).
  • The City will continue providing community art and culture programming in a limited capacity.
  • The Lloydminster and District Archives, currently housed within the LCSC building, will be relocated along with the other LCSC services.
  • The City will develop a long-term strategy to design and fund a replacement building.
  • Visitor service levels will decrease.


NOTE: The capital investment required for Option B is estimated at $450,000. The operating budget will be reduced by approximately $540,000 per year.

*Please note, Administration recognized an error in the May 25 Council report. The operating cost has been corrected to include the loss of lease revenue at Servus Sports Centre.

View the potentially feasible options in the Options Summary Table.



Council's Decision

Between May 27 and June 7, 2020 the City of Lloydminster hosted a public facing survey to better understand resident's desires for the future art, heritage and cultural services of Lloydminster. Learn more about the public feedback through the What We Heard Report.

During the June 22, 2020 Regular City Council Meeting, Council voted in favour for the permanently closure and plan for the decommission of permanent exhibits and demolition of the Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre facility with a date to be determined at Council’s direction.

Permanent exhibits at the LCSC currently include the Imhoff Art Gallery, Fuchs Wildlife Exhibit and the OTS Heavy Oil Science Centre. At the same time, regular specialized classes and courses, education programs, tours, meeting spaces, Book Club, and the Window Shop, a unique gift shop, will be provided within the temporary location.

The services provided by the Heritage Society, Richard Larson Association and LCSC Advisory Committee will not be interrupted due to the relocation of the LCSC.

Learn more about this decision.

A Message From the Mayor

Hello everyone.

Your City is faced with some difficult decisions regarding the future of our Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre (LCSC).

Through multiple inspections, we have learned the building is at the end of its serviceable life and is subject to recurring infrastructure failures, some of which hinder the City’s ability to protect and preserve the historic and irreplaceable artifacts housed within.

In early 2018, the City began working toward a plan for relocation of the LCSC, however, the COVID-19 pandemic – compounded by recent volatile economic conditions – has created unforeseen financial challenges for the City, some of which may have long-lasting effects.

Replacing the building is cost prohibitive in the short term, therefore, the City is compelled to re-evaluate immediate plans for the LCSC.

During the City Council meeting on Monday, May 25, Administration presented Council with two options that would allow the City to continue providing art, cultural and heritage services on a reduced basis over the next 10 years while plans and funds for a replacement facility are secured. Those options are presented for your consideration in the survey below.

By completing this short survey, you are helping your City Council gain the best possible understanding of the Lloydminster public’s wishes for the future direction of the LCSC. For additional information to support your understanding, please review the Important Links and Important Document in the right side menu.

Yours in community,


Mayor Gerald S. Aalbers
City of Lloydminster


Background

In late 2019 City Council accepted the Community Facilities Assessment Report which outlined 17 city-owned facilities based on condition, cost to rehabilitate/maintain, age and much more. Through this report, it was understood that the serviceable lifespan for the current Cultural and Science Centre has concluded. Our City Council is now faced with the decision, what does the future of art, heritage and culture look like in Lloydminster and would like to better understand your desires.

During the Monday, May 25 City Council Meeting, Administration proposed two feasible options for the future of these services. These options are displayed below.


Option A

Move the LCSC to a temporarily leased commercial space to accommodate cultural, art and educational programming, travelling exhibits, artifact displays, etc.

In Option A:

  • Display spaces for both travelling exhibitions and local heritage displays (Barr Colonists, agriculture, local industry, etc.)
  • Smaller sized gift shop
  • Seasonal access to outdoor heritage building
  • The current LCSC building will be decommissioned.
  • Alternative space will be leased on a 10-year term with no assets.
  • A portion of the LCSC’s current collection will be deaccessioned (Fuchs Wildlife Exhibit, Imhoff Gallery, OTS Heavy Oil Exhibit).
  • The City will continue providing community art and culture programming.
  • The Lloydminster and District Archives, currently housed within the LCSC building, will be relocated along with the other LCSC services.
  • The City will develop a long-term strategy to design and fund a replacement building.
  • Visitor service levels will increase.

NOTE: The capital investment required for Option A is estimated at $1.3 million. The operating budget will remain near the current level of $900,000 per year.


Option B

Move the LCSC to an available City-owned spaces, rather than leasing commercial space.

In Option B:

  • Display space for art and artifacts will be extremely limited.
  • No space will be allocated for travelling exhibits or local artifact displays.Local heritage artifacts will not be circulated for 10 years.
  • No space for gift shop.
  • The current LCSC building will be decommissioned.
  • City-owned alternative space will be renovated for use over the next 10 years.
  • A portion of the LCSC’s current collection will be deaccessioned (Fuchs Wildlife Exhibit, Imhoff Gallery, OTS Heavy Oil Exhibit).
  • The City will continue providing community art and culture programming in a limited capacity.
  • The Lloydminster and District Archives, currently housed within the LCSC building, will be relocated along with the other LCSC services.
  • The City will develop a long-term strategy to design and fund a replacement building.
  • Visitor service levels will decrease.


NOTE: The capital investment required for Option B is estimated at $450,000. The operating budget will be reduced by approximately $540,000 per year.

*Please note, Administration recognized an error in the May 25 Council report. The operating cost has been corrected to include the loss of lease revenue at Servus Sports Centre.

View the potentially feasible options in the Options Summary Table.



Council's Decision

Between May 27 and June 7, 2020 the City of Lloydminster hosted a public facing survey to better understand resident's desires for the future art, heritage and cultural services of Lloydminster. Learn more about the public feedback through the What We Heard Report.

During the June 22, 2020 Regular City Council Meeting, Council voted in favour for the permanently closure and plan for the decommission of permanent exhibits and demolition of the Lloydminster Cultural and Science Centre facility with a date to be determined at Council’s direction.

Permanent exhibits at the LCSC currently include the Imhoff Art Gallery, Fuchs Wildlife Exhibit and the OTS Heavy Oil Science Centre. At the same time, regular specialized classes and courses, education programs, tours, meeting spaces, Book Club, and the Window Shop, a unique gift shop, will be provided within the temporary location.

The services provided by the Heritage Society, Richard Larson Association and LCSC Advisory Committee will not be interrupted due to the relocation of the LCSC.

Learn more about this decision.

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    Why is there not an option C focusing on construction for a new building. Have options of outside fundraising be seriously considered. I’m sure there are many citizens ready and willing to take on the fundraising challenge if they were approached.

    Kerry Asked 3 months ago

    Hi Kerry,

    Thank you for your message.

    At this time, Administration and Council have not deemed it feasible to build a new facility. We have began the request for quotations for a leasable space for a 5 to 10 year period. Further into the future LCSC planning, we will be exploring the option of community fundraising.

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    It would be nice to know how many people use the LCSC in a year. Is the programming well attended or does it need an overhaul to make it more utilized?

    Krystal Asked 4 months ago

    Hi Krystal, 

    Thank you for your question. Last year the centre had 14,183 visitors. This included general admission, and those attending programs, courses and events.


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    I did the survey and favoured option A. But after reading about the updated pool...the pools lifespan is20+ years. Why don’t we hold off on the pool and build a new LCSC now??? Seems like a more immediate need for budget allocation.

    Lresch Asked 4 months ago

    Hello, thank you for your question. 

    Within the Community Recreation Feasibility Plan (CRFP) we are looking for feedback on the arena and aquatic services. Although the City values recreation opportunities of all types, our primary concern is with the infrastructure of the Centennial Civic Centre and the Lloydminster Cultural & Science Centre. 

    Although the Aquatic Centre has an expected remaining life of 20+ years, the facility does have capacity issues. 

    For long-term planning purposes, we have included the aquatic services within the CRFP. At this time, the City does not have a set implementation plan for the services and will continue to focus on the services such as art/culture/heritage and arena. 

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    I would like to know why this cities heritage comes last? You'll spend millions on a new pool, even though we already have a new pool centre. You'll spend 60million plus for that but won't spend the 40million on our history of this beautiful city. Just shows me disrespect. I think there needs to be an option c! Build a new museum.

    Garnet Asked 4 months ago

    Hello, thank you for your feedback. 

    At this time the City is prioritizing the recreation and cultural needs based on infrastructure requirements. Through the Community Facilities Assessment Plan we understand the Lloydminster Cultural & Science Centre and Centennial Civic Centre buildings are most urgently needing attention. Through the Community Recreation Feasibility Plan we aim to understand the long-term infrastructure plans for aquatic services, but have not scheduled an implementation plan. 

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    Is there any way option B could include travelling exhibitions? I love attending those.

    Amanda Asked 4 months ago

    Hello, thank you for your comment.

    After a detailed review of the potentially locations (for Option B) and the spatial requirements of most exhibits we have concluded that traveling exhibits will not be feasible. The City will however, continually look forward to improving the facility’s programming.