Municipal Complex Modernization, Council Chamber Accessibility Upgrades, Calgary
This project has been undertaken in association with Diamond and Schmitt Architects. We have been retained to assess, plan and implement the modernization of the Municipal Complex. Services include space planning, needs assessment, programming and full architectural services. Calgary City Hall is a 600,000 square foot municipal office building constructed over 25 years ago. The work has included the facilitation of stakeholder workshops which have included participation by municipal staff as well as neighbouring institutions and office users. A detailed program has been developed which includes new public meeting, exhibition and conference facilities and a comprehensive security plan for all public floors, and an accessibility strategy for the transformation of the council chamber. New public meeting rooms, staff support facilities and building sustainability are key elements of the plan. Exterior public entrances, plazas, City Hall Square and public routes through the building are proposed. Council Chamber renovations were completed by the fall of 2010 as the first initiative in a major redevelopment plan.