K&Z to design new city office

Whitehorse City Council has awarded a nearly $250,000 contract to Kobayashi and Zedda Architects Ltd. to design a new city building. Council made the decision unanimously Monday night.

Whitehorse City Council has awarded a nearly $250,000 contract to Kobayashi and Zedda Architects Ltd. to design a new city building. Council made the decision unanimously Monday night.

The city wants to move city services from several old, energy-inefficient buildings to one location. This project was approved as part of a recently completed energy-management plan.

Buildings specifically considered for consolidation are the municipal services building, the animal shelter, the transit garage, the parks warehouse and another city warehouse.

The city received three bids for the project. The other contenders were Stantec Architecture Inc. and Urban Arts Architecture. Both these bids were less expensive. Stantec’s came in at just over $230,000 while Urban Arts Architecture’s was around $240,000.

There is no set timeline for when construction will begin. But a project plan should be ready by June, Mike Gau, director of planning and development services told council.