The project included the renovation of the historic Summerside City Hall together with an addition that roughly doubled the space of the original building. The program required the incorporation of all departments of the city (excluding police services) under one roof. Challenges included the sequential scheduling of construction activities including mechanical and electrical systems to allow continued occupation of the building by the owner during construction.
The design incorporated consolidated facilities for all city departments into a newly renovated and expanded heritage building. The Mayor, CEO, Councillors, Department Heads and employees are very excited at the planning delivery, design and final outcome of their new facilities. The integration of the historic fabric with the new addition proved very successful by all measures. The building remained occupied during construction adding to the design and construction complexities.
The envelope of the original historic section of the building received special consideration in respect to the incorporation of new air condition in a building not originally designed to accommodate such an environment. Special care was also taken to salvage as much of the historic fabric on the interior as possible and to reuse those materials in the addition and renovated section to recall to users the history of the building.