Owner: City of Windsor
Location: Windsor, Ontario
Size: 173,100 sf Building + 106,000 sf Parking
This project was located in the heart of Windsor’s downtown core adjacent to City Hall. Such a prominent location prompted the need for a design that recalled classical architectural forms hybridized with modern aesthetics. This approach intended to convey a sense of monumentality and permanence, balanced with interior spaces full of colour and light. A new four (4) storey office building with two (2) levels of underground parking was designed to complement the existing Municipal district. The building has brought various municipal services under one roof which provides space for 600 staff serving the City of Windsor, Province of Ontario and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
With an extremely large foot-print per floor (approx 43,000 sf) the challenge was to fulfill all programmatic requirements while providing natural light to all office areas. Rimming the exterior of the building with open office space and allowing hard offices to borrow light through the use of large glazed walls helped to achieve this goal