Brampton has awarded the design of the Centre for Innovation (CFI) project to Diamond Schmitt, Canadian architects who provide innovative designs for cultural, academic, and civic spaces around the world.
“With the selection of Diamond Schmitt – a top Canadian firm – we are one step closer to unlocking the economic potential of downtown Brampton, and providing our residents with high quality education and skills opportunities right here at home,” Mayor Patrick Brown said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
The CFI will be located centrally in Brampton’s downtown core and support the presence of current and future postsecondary institutions in the city such as Algoma University, Ryerson University and the University of Guelph-Humber. The design of the facility will provide a positive and engaging user experience both within the building and through its streetscape and urban design. It will be a gateway and landmark for train passengers entering or departing the city from the Downtown Brampton GO station, City officials said.
A new central library at the CFI provides a collaborative space with opportunities for digital creation and programming, performance and audio recording, assistive technologies for various abilities, and culture days. The library will also provide flexible office spaces to engage residents and community partners.
Construction is anticipated to begin in 2023.
With a focus on designs inspired by urban community, historic context and creative placemaking and a commitment to purpose built, highly sustainable low carbon and low energy buildings, Diamond Schmitt is the perfect fit to deliver a transformative icon in downtown Brampton according to City officials.
Some of Diamond Schmitt’s best known projects include the Senate of Canada Building; Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver; the Mariinsky II Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia; the National Arts Centre in Ottawa; Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and The Globe and Mail Centre; Lazaridis Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo and Brampton’s own Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness. Diamond Schmitt is also designing the new Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada (OPL-LAC) Joint Facility.