Sudbury chooses architectural team for cultural hub at Tom Davies Square


Robin MacLennan

Ontario Construction Report staff writer

The City of Greater Sudbury has selected Teeple Architects as the consultant for the design of the Cultural Hub at Tom Davies Square, in a partnership with Two Row Architect and Yallowega Architecture.

A Request for Proposal (RFP) for the project was issued on December 2023 and the contract was awarded following evaluation of eight submissions.

“I am so pleased to see the selection of this team that has demonstrated incredible success with similar projects, and I look forward to working with Teeple, Two Row and Yallowega to move this project forward,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Paul Lefebvre. “This project will be a catalyst for the revitalization of our downtown, establishing a contemporary, accessible and welcoming space for people to connect with art, information and each other.”

Over the past 35 years, Teeple Architects has worked on complex renewals of aging institutions and municipal buildings from the 1960s and 1970s, with a focus on enhanced sustainability and accessibility. The firm most recently led the design for the renewal of the Stanley A. Milner Library in Edmonton, which saw an aging 1960s concrete facility transformed into a bold and welcoming central library and community hub.

Two Row Architect brings an Indigenous perspective, and Yallowega Architecture offers local insight and representation.

Council approved plans for the development of the cultural hub in November 2023. The project will include retrofitting 200 Brady St. and 199 Larch St. to include a new central library, the Art Gallery of Sudbury and the Sudbury Multicultural and Folk Arts Association.

The design team will join staff for a presentation to council later this spring, followed by the start of the schematic design. Public consultation will be incorporated into various stages of the project. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2025.

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