South Surrey Operations Centre
The South Surrey Operations Centre will service this rapidly developing section of Surrey and add to the growing portfolio of world class municipal buildings undertaken by the City of Surrey over recent decades. Located on a heavily treed site, this project was designed and to generate a comprehensive site design including efficient works yard operations, future water reservoir expansion, and the retention of significant numbers of trees.
The landscaping is designed as a prototypical template for future water and wildlife connections to this larger sustainable infrastructure.
On 23rd Avenue, a 21 metre buffer from the street includes existing trees, restored undergrowth, and a new meandering path coordinated with Engineering, and the Parks and Urban Forest departments. The road alignment was optimized to save the most significant trees. On 166th Street, the visitor and staff parking is separated from the street with a Stormwater and Wildlife corridor. The landscaping is designed as a prototypical template for future water and wildlife connections to this larger sustainable infrastructure.
The new building stretches from east to west and doubles as an accessible and functional structure for the works yard to the north and a visual and auditory screen from the public street and future school site to the south.
In keeping with the separation of uses by floor, the architectural expression and materials are similarly assigned. The main floor envelope is a brick cladding and the structure is a composite steel deck and concrete system, called ComFlor, supported by concrete block wall structure. These materials are honest and durable, will require little maintenance, and allow for and support an array of modifications and improvements over time.