Sackville’s new municipal building earns praise for excellence in architecture

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Design team wins Lieutenant Governor Award for work on town hall/emergency services facility

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SACKVILLE, N.B. – Sackville’s new town hall and emergency services building has been recognized for its outstanding architectural design.

Architecture 2000 Inc., now Stantec Architecture Ltd., was awarded the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence in Architecture earlier this month in Fredericton by New Brunswick’s Lt. Gov. Graydon Nicholas for their design of Sackville’s municipal building, which opened in the spring of 2012 and houses town hall staff, fire department personnel and RCMP all under one roof.

"When the project was first envisioned back in 2007, we knew we wanted to engage the best architects in the industry to realize our vision. This award confirms we made the right decision,” said Andrew Amos, the lead engineering consultant on the project.

The Award of Excellence in Architecture is given every three years to celebrate outstanding architectural design excellence and to recognize the important role architects and architecture has in building communities across the province.

A jury of three internationally-recognized architects selected this year’s recipients from the over 25 submissions received.

The new Sackville town hall facility, designed by lead architect Raven Spanier, was selected for its ability to overcome various location and design challenges while still creating a recognizable building that respects the character of the community.

“Every project presents a problem requiring the best solution. This project was a great challenge and resulted in an equally successful building,” said Spanier. “This is owing to an engaging and progressive town which wanted a building that reflects its people and artistic community.”

Spanier said it is very rewarding to have this project recognized by the judges in a “sea of fantastic architectural work being done by architects throughout New Brunswick.”

“It signals an important shift to beautiful and sustainable architecture,” he said.

The facility was designed to be very energy efficient, incorporating the latest technologies and systems. Additionally, by bringing together several municipal services under one roof, a reduction of space was achieved resulting in reduced space requirements for the town, which means current and future cost savings.

The building also has LEED energy-efficiency features such as an accessible green roof terrace, rainwater storage to wash fire trucks, abundant daylight using skylights and solar hot water panels.

Amos said everyone involved in the project has been proud of what was achieved with this new facility.

"We knew early on in the design process this project was going to be a success - the design team insisted on inclusion of the various stakeholders and a produced a holistic and integrated design which exceeded our requirements while still coming in on time and on budget,” he said.

Amos said he has worked with Architecture 2000 on a variety of projects over the years and knows how deserving the design team is of this award.

“Raven (Spanier) and Ian (MacLaughlan), along with their team of professional designers, and support staff have a long history of delivering high-quality projects. This is one of their best and it was a true pleasure to serve as project manager on behalf of the town of Sackville on it.”

Amos pointed out the town of Sackville deserves kudos as well, including elected officials, town staff and the public who were very supportive throughout the entire design and construction process.

“This project required a strong vision and commitment - the result is this award, a $1-million grant for outstanding sustainability and energy-saving initiatives and a 20-year lease with the RCMP.”

Project champions included former CAO Barry Carroll, treasurer Michael Beal and some of the elected officials still serving today, said Amos, adding that “their unwavering support was critical to the project and without it, this success would never have been realized.”

Mayor Bob Berry was also pleased with the recognition.

“We have always been very proud of our new town hall and emergency service building. This award just makes us prouder,” he said.

 

 

Organizations: RCMP, Stantec Architecture

Geographic location: Sackville, New Brunswick, Fredericton

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