The City of Surrey recently unveiled their newly constructed city hall. Aside from being architecturally bold the building is also applying for LEED gold certification, with key green features designed to move towards a target goal of reducing greenhouses gases 30% by 2020.
The City of Surrey recently unveiled their newly constructed city hall. The building is located adjacent to a new plaza, the municipal library and the Surrey Central Skytrain station to increase accessibility and reduce vehicle emissions.
Michael McDonald, Kasian Architecture, explains how the location was chosen.
“Through lots of discussion with Council and with staff, we moved it to here, on 104th, to be able to really create a catalyst for a pedestrian-centric downtown.”
Aside from being architecturally bold the building is also applying for LEED gold certification.
“The Leed’s Standard goes by points,” explains Vincent Lalonde, the City of Surrey’s city manager. “The green roof, raised flooring, ventilation, the materials you use in the buildings, the energy rating. This building is all heated by geo-thermal. And so that was a key feature.”
Mayor Dianne Watts sees the new building as a new landmark for the downtown core.
“This is really a wonderful opportunity for all of you to enjoy the tour of this new City Hall,” remaked the mayor at the grand opening. “And this really is an iconic piece of architecture and that’s something that we really wanted to do when we were building the downtown core here. “