The City of Toronto has hired one of Canada’s best-known architecture firms to design the new Wabash Community Centre at Sorauren Park. Diamond Schmitt Architects was awarded the work after an open bid process. Councillor Gord Perks confirmed the news at the November meeting of Friends of Sorauren Park.
The Toronto-based company is known for projects ranging from the opera houses in Toronto and St. Petersburg, Russia, to the Senate of Canada building and National Arts Centre rejuvenation in Ottawa, the Ryerson Image Centre and Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto, and dozens of other cultural, civic, academic and institutional projects across Canada, the U.S. and other countries.
“The community has had more than twenty years now to envision what this great building could become. The Friends of Sorauren Park is passionate about continuing its role as the voice of our neighbourhood on this. We look forward to working closely with this world-renowned firm to bring our community’s vision to fruition,” said Joël Campbell, chair of the non-profit Friends.
Diamond Schmitt’s scope of work for the Wabash Community Centre will include community consultations, expected to start in the new year. These consultations will complement the work already begun by the Friends of Sorauren Park, including a community survey you can still take. Have your say!
The City has budgeted $40 million for the community centre. Design work will take more than a year, with construction expected to take several years more.
The Friends of Sorauren Park will publish the results of its survey on this website and its social media platforms. The Friends has also taken positions on design excellence, maintaining the Town Square, the site’s industrial heritage, accessibility, mixed programming that reflects community needs, inclusion including Indigenous Truth and Reconciliation, sustainability, and more.
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