Barrie unveils plan for $73.6-million city hall expansion, renovation

Barrie unveils plan for $73.6-million city hall expansion, renovation
Barrie unveils plan for $73.6-million city hall expansion, renovation
City hall currently includes a nine-storey, 90,000-square-foot tower, podium and rotunda areas.

“The design of the main office tower was completed utilizing design principles that are now 50 years old,” Pews said. “Those design principles were centred on the proposed use at the time which included high end office space providing individual offices with long corridors, formal boardrooms and strict reception areas for industries such as banking. Accessibility, open concept spaces and flexibility were not widely recognized design features.” 

Overcrowding has led to “decreased staff productivity and collaboration”, the study notes.
“Elements of the site are failing and require repair or replacement to minimize health and safety risks,” corporate services director Rick Pews said in a report on the matter. “Without major renovations to create more efficient and open-concept space at City Hall, 56 Mulcaster Street and 70 Collier Street are at capacity and are unable to accommodate additional growth.”

Staff will present the results of the City Hall Conceptualization study during a general committee meeting Jan. 8. The study calls for $73.6 million in work, including a renovation to the existing city hall structure and an eight-storey, 140,000-square-foot expansion.

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