Owner: Town of LaSalle
Location: LaSalle, Ontario
Size: 12 acre site
At the Town of LaSalle, a master planning and multi-building design effort was undertaken to develop a new civic campus on current town land occupied by numerous antiquated and over-crowded facilities; including the existing town hall. Serving a population of approximately 30,000 residents, the land was being used for all town departments, a county library, police, fire and EMS stations, and a public works and parks yard.
The master plan’s greatest challenge was to execute a series of relocation, demolition and construction sequences which would allow specific existing services (buildings) – particularly the existing Police Services – to remain in continuous operation during the duration of the re-development. The Dispatch program at the LaSalle Police department is responsible for dispatch services for multiple regional municipal police and emergency response organizations. Therefore, the design required a surgical approach to the removal of old facilities and infrastructure and the insertion of new buildings which would address the town’s vision and 50 year growth statistics.
The final overall master plan was the result of careful planning surrounding topics such: location and customer service; civic branding; urban design strategies; energy and the environment; infrastructure re-use; character, experience and value; adjacencies and functionality; sequencing and scheduling of building works; vehicular planning; maintaining existing operations during construction; and of course cost and budgeting.