Diamond Schmitt Architects has been selected to design a landmark multi-use building for a new urban precinct in the City of Vaughan. It will house offices and amenity space for the largest construction local union in North America.
A highly transparent glazing system distinguishes the approximately 295,000-square-foot headquarters for the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 183. The building comprises a six-storey tower and three-storey wing that sits dramatically on an Assembly Hall, which is buried in the landscape. This assemblage provides views and visual connection to a large landscaped forecourt designed for social gathering. Large contiguous floor plates facilitate the varied requirements of a dynamic and contemporary working environment and provide a fresh identity for an established institution.
The soft landscaping will extend up and over top of the Assembly Hall with access to portions of the building’s rooftops. This unique amenity activates the outdoor space to socialize in a protected microclimate and supports the project’s LEED Silver sustainability goals for storm water retention and heat island reduction.