When the City sought to revitalize one of the province’s original industrial centres with a landmark building, the design team understood its economic, cultural and social significance. The challenge was to weave complex programmatic requirements into a steeply-sloped site. The contemporary design also needed to fit within its surroundings – a mix of historical Victorian buildings and modern developments.
Now, the civic centre anchors the downtown core with a 350-seat theatre, conference and meeting space, art studios, art gallery, tourist information centre, the city’s musesum and archives, new media gallery and the Canadian Lacrosses Hall of Fame. HCMA was the design lead and architect of record for the civic centre; Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership (MCM) was the architect of record for core-and-shell and design lead for the office tower. PUBLIC: Architecture + Communication Design completed interior design, including cases and exhibit elements, for the New Westminster Museum and Archives, pictured below left.