TORONTO — Diamond Schmitt Architects recently announced it has been selected to design a multi-use headquarters building in Vaughan, Ont. for Labourers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 183.
The project includes an office wing, a large assembly hall and spaces for member services that may include medical clinic facilities, a pharmacy, financial services, training classrooms and recreational facilities for retired members, said a media statement. The assembly hall will have capacity to accommodate 3,000 diners.
The new building will be located in a new urban precinct in Vaughan, north of Toronto. Local 183 is the largest construction local union in North America.
A key feature of the 295,000-square-foot, six-storey headquarters will be a transparent glazing system, said Diamond Schmitt. An additional three-storey wing will sit on top of the assembly hall, which will be buried in the landscape. The design also features a large landscaped forecourt designed for social gatherings.
“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, principal with Diamond Schmitt.
The statement said the soft landscaping extending up and over top of the assembly hall with access to portions of the building’s rooftops will create a protected microclimate and supports the project’s LEED Silver sustainability goals for storm water retention and heat island reduction.
This facility will be built along an expanded Huntington Road. New public roads to the west and south of the site and an extension of Highway 427 are intended to accommodate future development in the area.
Groundbreaking for the project is planned for the fall of 2018 with a targeted opening date of 2020.