TORONTO – A six storey, Class “A” office building is set to rise in the heart of the Innovation District in Kitchener, Ontario. Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects for Perimeter Development, the project is seen as a key step in the regeneration of downtown. It is the first office tower to be built there in 25 years.
Features of the LEED Gold-track building include double-height lobby, glass exterior on King St. and 14-foot ceilings. The building will have ground floor retail, a sheltered pedestrian colonnade and two levels of below grade parking. The high-performance building envelope allows for floor-to-ceiling glazing across two facades with daylight penetration deep into the core.
The project is scaled to provide context with adjacent properties and includes an angled roofline that mediates views to the neighbouring office building. The location will benefit from a regional LRT line opening in 2018 and proximity to an existing commuter rail station.
An international law firm will occupy the top two floors, with the sixth floor stepping back to provide for a terrace. “Terracing is a trend you will see more of in office design,” said David Dow, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects.
Construction of the 120,000-square-foot building is set to begin in the spring with completion targeting 2020.
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Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is a leading architectural practice based in Toronto with an international reputation for design excellence and sustainable design solutions. An extensive portfolio includes academic buildings, libraries, performing arts centres, sports facilities, master plans, and residential and commercial buildings. Equally extensive is work completed for the healthcare sector, with life science facilities, research laboratories and hospitals.