FK Gardner and Sons was chosen from a shortlist of five contractors based on value for money, commitment to work with local suppliers, and experience of key staff in working on theatre projects.
The company has had a base in Cairns for the past six years and has 12 permanent staff in the city.
It has identified local sub-contractors to be engaged throughout the works. Some specialist theatre services will be sourced from outside Cairns.
FK Gardner constructed the Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre and Cairns High School Year 7 building and completed the revitalisation of the Tjapukai Cultural Centre. The company is presently building the Cairns Aquarium.
The team assembled for the CPAC project brings experience from theatre/auditorium projects such as the refurbishment of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, restoration of Brisbane City Hall, the Sunnybrook Community Club incorporating a 400-seat auditorium and the Sydney Convention Centre.