When attending the Metro Vancouver Architecture Canada Annual Advocacy Awards on October 29th, our Director of Development Finance, Brett Walsh had the good fortune to meet author, journalist, and photographer Hadani Ditmars and speak in depth with her about the plans for 3 Civic Plaza and how the project will revolutionize how Surrey sees itself. She saw the opportunity to write a special feature on how this new City Centre will change the way people think about Surrey and instill confidence and pride in Surrey citizenship. This new downtown will truly become a new urban village, and 3 Civic Plaza’s innovation in architecture, designed by Cotter Architects, will be an icon for the area, along with the new City Centre Library and upcoming Performing Arts Centre designed by Bing Thom, and the new City Hall designed by Kasian. She successfully pitched her editor an idea on showing the emerging urbanism coming to Surrey’s city centre that included notes on architecture and design, walkability and transit hub, district energy and the City as utility provider. For the interview, we brought our partner Jim Cox, CEO of Surrey City Development Corporation and Patrick Cotter, Principal of Cotter Architects, together at the City Centre Library and spent almost two hours describing the vision for Surrey City Centre for all of Canada to see. Read the full article, “3 Civic Plaza aims to take the suburb out of Surrey”, on The Globe and Mail website (Hadani Ditmars, Special to The Globe and Mail).