“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.”
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.