Diamond and Schmitt Architects chosen for Banff Centre projects

Diamond and Schmitt Architects were selected from a shortlist of six firms for the development of the Banff Centre campus master plan and the redesign of the Centre’s Donald Cameron Hall. The firm will partner with Gibbs Gage Architects of Calgary on the project. Philip Ponting, chair of the Centre’s Board of Governors said the choice of Diamond and Schmitt was unanimous. "Jack Diamond’s vision for the Centre was energizing a vibrant campus that will inspire creativity and innovation and complement the beauty of our mountain setting." In April of 2004, the Alberta government announced it would provide $20 million in funding to finance the reconstruction of Donald Cameron Hall, the first step in a major redevelopment of the Banff Centre campus. The existing Hall was built during the 1950s and 1960s, and houses teaching and learning spaces, administrative offices and services, and the Centre’s main dining facilities. Construction of the new Hall is expected to begin in 2006, and the building will retain its function as the campus hub. The Banff Centre provides professional development and learning opportunities for artists, the mountain community, and business and community leaders from Alberta, Canada and around the world. Between 4,000 and 5,000 participants enrol in Centre programs every year.