tbtbxz · 2021-03-18

Architects hired for new town hall

The Blue Mountains has hired Chamberlain Architects to design the new town hall.  

At a regular meeting on Monday, March 23, council approved hiring Chamberlain as was recommended by staff.

The Architectural firm based out of Burlington, Ontario, was one of 29 firms who responded to the request for proposals sent out by the town. They were added to a short list then selected to participate in a design competition with one other firm. Chamberlain,  according to the steering committee, had the best entry.

Council approved a fee of $420,000 for Chamberlain to do the design consultation for the new town hall. The construction budget for the project, which was adopted in the 2009 budget, is $5.7 million. The total budget adopted for the 21,000 square foot building including design services, moving costs, LEED consulting, landscaping, demolition, furniture, fixtures and equipment is $7.9 million.

The building will meet the standard for silver designation, according to the Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) green building rating system.

Councillor Bob Gamble was opposed to hiring the architects, and Councillor Michael Martin was absent from the council meeting.

David Finbow, director of planning and building services, presented a report to council on Monday including the progress of new town hall steering committee, established last year.

Part of the report included an extensive history of the town hall site, prepared and presented by Rob Potter.

The steering committee decided the new town hall should have a "Victorian industrial" theme and drew inspiration from Toronto’s brewery district.

Chamberlain Vice President, John Knox, presented the preliminary designs to council. The architect’s idea for the new town hall was a two storey building with a large atrium or indoor street in the centre connecting the two halves and giving an open space from the front of the building to the rear, park-like public gathering space.