Building Magazine


Diamond + Schmitt revitalize the Banff Centre (September 21, 2007)

ALBERTA – Toronto-based Diamond + Schmitt Architects have completed a $20-million renovation of the Sally Borden Building at the Banff Centre, the first stage of a complete revitalization of the site. The building, which is the central sport, recreational and dining facility, was expanded by two storeys to include a 350-seat market-style dining hall, a 125-seat fine dining area and a communal area where artists and cultural leaders can meet and exchange ideas.

The addition employs a variety of sustainable initiatives including certified wood, low-emitting materials and light pollution reduction. Heat reclamation and automation systems, including occupancy and daylight sensors, also help to improve the energy efficiency of the building. Materials for construction, mainly wood and Rundle stone, were specified from local sources.

This fall, construction will commence on a $40-million Learning Centre on the Banff Centre site. It will include meeting rooms, rehearsal and performance spaces, informal gallery areas and a library and archives.

The Banff Centre, founded in 1935, is an arts, cultural and educational institution and a conference facility. Each year, thousands of Canadians in the performing, visual, literary, and media arts come to Banff to perform or exhibit their disciplines.

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