Ontario Construction News staff writer
The City of Greater Sudbury’s Junction East project, the new Central Library/Art Gallery and potential partners Sudbury Theatre Centre and Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association, is at an exciting stage.
WZMH Architects was awarded the design contract after a thorough evaluation of 13 submissions and has incorporated input from the public into the project.
“This firm has a history of designing buildings that become civic landmarks, and I’m confident our Library/Art Gallery will be no different,” Mayor Brian Bigger said at the time.
WZMH has 60 years of experience in the design and delivery of large, iconic, complex projects, including landmark public libraries, art museums, skyscrapers, bridges and hotels. The firm designed Toronto’s CN Tower and the Canadian Space Agency, among many others. WZMH is leading a project team that includes local professionals in the industry.
“We are very excited to be part of this project,” said Nicola Casciato, a principal at WZMH Architects. “We have assembled a top-notch team of award-winning architects and specialty planners to fully realize this project, which will revitalize downtown Sudbury. Our team will create an anchor institution for Greater Sudbury, offering a unique experience for residents and attracting visitors from around the world.”
A conceptual design and released at an open house last week and feedback is invited until Friday (July 30).
Expected to open in 2024, Junction East will include the Greater Sudbury Public Library Main Branch and the Art Gallery of Sudbury, located on the east side of Shaughnessy Street in the downtown. The city and WZMH are examining the potential to integrate the Sudbury Theatre Centre and Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association into the project as well.
It is described as a technologically sophisticated, materially beautiful and modern building in Greater Sudbury’s historic downtown that will contribute to a vibrant and healthier community.
Through innovative physical spaces and dynamic, responsible programming, the new central library and art gallery will improve access to public spaces and become a civic landmark and centerpiece for Greater Sudbury.
The design team will now review email submissions and feedback from the July 21 virtual open house to modify the design.