Anvil Civic Centre and Office Tower
New Westminster’s vibrant Anvil Centre is a new 4-storey, 84,000 sq.ft. multi-use civic project designed to bring together community, arts, culture and commerce all under one roof. Completed in August 2014, this iconic LEED Gold targeted building is a key anchor to New Westminster’s downtown core.
The impressive Anvil Civic Centre complex includes 18,000 sq.ft. of conference space, meeting rooms, a 350-seat theatre with retractable seating system, configurable multi-purpose rooms and studios, plus a civic art gallery and gift shop. It is also home to the City’s Museum and Archives, a high-tech New Media Gallery, the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, plus a range of community-based programs, public amenities, and retail. It also features three levels (270 stalls) of underground parking.
The multi-storey atrium lobby connects the civic centre’s four floors, allowing users entering the building to view first-hand the diversity of activities on all levels. It also functions as a means of passive ventilation, one of a number of strategies that have reduced energy consumption by 18% below baseline conditions.
Above the 4-storey civic podium is a 9-storey office tower comprising 137,000 sq.ft. of first-class office space and similarly designed to LEED Gold standards for energy efficiency and environmentally sustainable design.
HCMA was the design lead and architect of record for the civic centre and Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership (MCMP) was the architect of record for core-and-shell and design lead for the office tower.