The ferry MS Chi-Cheemaun has been a staple of Georgian Bay for over 40 years. A $2.4-million renovation to convert the cafeteria into a fine dining area was completed in time for her re-entry into service for the 2016 sailing season. The interior design takes a completely new approach to how the space is used, with creation of seven specific lighting zones, a bar area, and a clear division between the fine dining and general dining areas.
Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) provided architectural and engineering services, acted as regulatory liaison, and supported Owen Sound Transportation through construction. Successful completion of this fast-paced project was achieved with close client communications and excellent responsiveness from subcontractors Directions in Design and Galley Design and Sales.
Susan Schrempf, President and CEO from Owen Sound Transportation commented, "Renovating a ship's interior is a complex undertaking; particularly with an older ship like Chi-Cheemaun , but EBDG completed the job on time and on budget, and delivered an exceptional, highly-functional, beautiful and transformable space. Customers enjoy a bright, open and accessible atmosphere by day and an intimate and elegant atmosphere at night. The new space is everything we and our customers needed it to be, and more."
The interior renovations coincide with a First Nations-themed branding on the exterior, which are designed to convert the ferry from simply a transportation vessel into a tourist destination.