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The overall significance of this project is key; the investment in stunning architectural design at Surrey’s new civic plaza was a strategic decision to invest in a new, integrated, and more sustainable urban vision for the city.
“The new City Hall is an iconic piece of architecture that has been purpose-built to serve the community. It is a City Hall that residents can be pround of, and it represents a milestone in Surrey’s transformation into the regions’ next great metropolitan centre.”
Quote from the City of Surrey’s mayor at the time, Dianne Watts
(sourced from architect’s information here)
The glazed central atrium was integral to this new $100M, 165,000 square foot City Hall was the soaring six-story atrium. Civic engagement and social interaction were key goals for this award-winning project. This civic center was designed to promote transparency between the government and the public.
Boasting a wealth of natural light and a sense of openness, steel column supports and custom-designed heavy-duty spider fittings carry the huge (and heavy!) 4.2m x 1.6m insulated glass units.
Stella also created openness with glass balustrades and vestibule support.
This building is lauded for its sustainability and is LEED Gold.
Recipient of the following design awards:
“Already we are seeing how powerful the new city hall has become as a catalyst for the creation of a new ‘downtown Surrey’ – new development is underway and a dynamic urban center is emerging,”
We are especially pleased by comments from city staff and people using the new civic center who remark on the quality of daylighting and openness that brings energy and inspiration to their daily activities.”
Quote from Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) Award-Winning Submission for 2015 Award for Design Excellence