City of Kitchener
LOT 42 is a performance and event venue located on Ardelt Place in Kitchener. Their 17-acre facility is dedicated to providing a flexible space for use in the arts, technology, manufacturing, athletics, and community events. Their aim is to bring people together to “make things happen,” as their motto indicates. The vision is to create a collision space for creativity, in support of regional prosperity and global benefit.
This large facility was originally built in 1955 by Rudolf Ardelt as the home of Ardelt Industries. LOT 42 started its multi-million-dollar transformation in 2015 from a steel fabrication company to a global flex campus. It features indoor event spaces of various sizes, including The Factory at 40,000 sq. ft. and Studio 42 at 14,000 sq. ft. The indoor venues have kept their old world charm with original windows, open web steel joist ceilings, and an original 1930s Ardelt crane.
There is a gantry crane running the whole width of the property, as well as some large outdoor event spaces, such as The Courtyard and the 10.5 acre Backyard. These spaces can also be used as a great location for filming and photography. Photographs, room dimensions, and square footage information for each of these spaces can be viewed on the LOT 42 website.
LOT 42 is currently home to five tenants, including: Open Sky, a co-working office for start-ups; The Athlete Factory, an indoor sports training facility; Gym 41, a full-service gym; Renishaw, one of the biggest additive manufacturers in the world; and Let’s Dance, a prestigious dance academy. It is also home to Blue Sky Enterprise for Arts and Culture, a social enterprise that exists to inspire people through arts and culture. Its corporate partners include Christie Vive Audio and Execulink Telecom.
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