October 8, 2006
by Canadian Architect
Friends of Second Marsh has announced the selection of Diamond and Schmitt as the architects for the new Great Lakes Wetlands Centre, a new building that will be an example of sustainable design and serve as the gateway to Oshawa’s Second Marsh, a provincially significant wetland. The 21,000-square-foot centre will have two classrooms, a research facility, 4000 square feet of displays and a restaurant.
“Our vision for the building is one of environmental responsibility, sustainability and harmony with the natural environment, in addition to being a place of interest for the general public, students, researchers and specialists,” says Chris Conti, Executive Director of Friends of Second Marsh. “Out of the 13 firms which submitted designs, Diamond and Schmitt were chosen because they had the strongest submission overall, including outstanding experience with building LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings. Our goal is to achieve LEED certification.”
Diamond and Schmitt are the planners and architects of the award winning University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, which was recently recognized as the best campus design in North America. They also designed the University of British Columbia’s Life Sciences Centre, a LEED Gold project, and the internationally acclaimed Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.
The design unveiling of the Great Lakes Wetlands Centre is expected early in the new year. The exhibit design is being completed by Lord Cultural Resources.
Conservation of the marsh as a bird and wildlife sanctuary has been accomplished through a broad-based partnership with Friends of Second Marsh, the City of Oshawa, Ducks Unlimited Canada, the Canadian Wildlife Service and Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority. The development of the Great Lakes Wetlands Centre is made possible by a gift of land by General Motors Canada Ltd. To date, major contributions have also been received from the City of Oshawa and the Canada Ontario Infrastructure Program.
Friends of Second Marsh is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the protection and appreciation of Second Marsh, other Great Lakes wetlands, our natural heritage system, and to promoting a healthy environment through education, communication, developing partnerships and fostering connections with all sectors of the community. Visit http://www.secondmarsh.com for more information.