DOLC Municipal Hall Office Space Plan
The District of Lake Country Municipal Office Space Plan Feasibility Study is a compelling opportunity for the District to begin the process of refashioning not only the physical space that community members visit and in which staff work, but the very culture that a municipal hall can imbue. It represents a significant effort on the part of District staff to further improve one of the most significant civic buildings in the District of Lake country.
Working closely in conjunction with the District of Lake Country Parks and Recreation as well as District staff, Bruce Carscadden Architect undertook an informal consultation process to establish the staff and user’s and desires and needs for improved office space planning. This information was distilled by the consultants into a set of development concept strategies that highlighted potential features of each space and preliminary workstation counts. This information was in turn developed into a pair of Preferred Options for the Muncipal Hall’s second floor offices and Customer Service Centre.
NATURAL LIGHT AND AIR
The strict accounting of chairs and departments and desk is the easy part. The big moves establish the governing structure of the building.
In this case, reducing the number of 'prestige' offices at at the perimeter and the central cellular cubicles. This 1-2 punch radically changes the nature of the floor plate, driving natural light deep into the building interior while offering a more contemporary and collegial working environment.
Although... Joe might pout over losing his office. Get a grip, Joe.
ACCESS AND CONTROL
The new arrangement improves staff's relationship to the Mayor's office, providing better access control.
Also improved are the customer service desks on the ground floor and second floors. Now direct views to the exterior connect staff and Lake Country residents to the world outside and improve communication with relevant municipal departments - Zoning, Building, Landscape.
Although... you'll still have to argue for thirty minutes over taking down that dead tree in your yard.