Diamond Schmitt Architects
has been selected to design a landmark multi-use building for a new urban precinct in the City of Vaughan. It will house offices and amenity space for the largest construction local union in North America.
A highly transparent glazing system distinguishes the approximately 295,000-square-foot headquarters for the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 183. The building comprises a six-storey tower and three-storey wing that sits dramatically on an Assembly Hall, which is buried in the landscape. This assemblage provides views and visual connection to a large, landscaped forecourt designed for social gathering.
“The project creates an urban sense of place in a currently undifferentiated agricultural environment and, as the first building in a larger master plan, establishes a high standard for future developments,” said David Dow, a principal at Diamond Schmitt Architects.
In addition to the office wing and Assembly Hall, the project comprises an array of Member’s Services that may include medical clinic facilities, a pharmacy, financial services, training classrooms and recreational facilities for retired members. The Assembly Hall will have capacity to accommodate 3,000 diners.
Large, contiguous floor plates will facilitate Local 183’s varied requirements and provide a fresh identity for an established institution. The soft landscaping will extend up and over top of the Assembly Hall with access to portions of the building’s rooftops. This activates the outdoor space to socialize in a protected microclimate and supports the project’s LEED Silver sustainability goals for stormwater retention and heat island reduction.
The facility will have a strong street presence along an expanded Huntington Road, with points of entry to underground and at-grade parking from three sides. New public roads to the west and south, along with an extension of Highway 427, prime the area for future development.
The project is to break ground in the fall of 2018 with a targeted opening date of 2020.