Lambton Shores Unveils New Municipal Administration Building

Lambton Shores, ON – The Municipality of Lambton Shores officially celebrated the opening of the new Municipal Administration Building on May 25, 2023, with an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony.

The event included drop in tours of the facility with remarks from the Municipality’s CAO Stephen McAuley, the lead architect Brad Skinner, former Mayor Bill Weber, and Mayor Doug Cook.

“The construction of a central administration building with council chambers was an important step for our growing Municipality, and the grand opening was an exciting day for our staff, members of council, and residents,” said Mayor Doug Cook. “Not only does the new building provide improved municipal services, but it’s also a progressive net zero facility that we should be proud of.”

A key feature of the new building is its designation as a “net zero building”. The net zero design, through solar panels on the roof, will generate the equivalent amount of energy required to run the building throughout the year, including heating and air conditioning. A display in the front lobby shows a live feed of the building’s energy production and energy use. In addition to a net zero design, the facility was built to post-disaster standards which ensures the building can remain operational during and after severe or extreme weather events.

The interior of the building was designed to include dedicated committee and meeting spaces, a lobby area, and a range of staff workspaces. It also features the official Council Chamber, which was designed for an enhanced viewing experience for the public and outfitted with advanced technology to enhance livestreaming capabilities.

After a gradual transition, all municipal staff now work out of the new administration building, centrally located at 9577 Port Franks Road. The three previously existing offices in Grand Bend, Forest, and Northville have now closed.

“Although the change resulted in the closure of the three original offices, having one central administration building provides a streamlined one-stop-shop experience for municipal services,” said Stephen McAuley, Chief Administrative Officer. “Having all staff in one building has also shown its ability to create a harmonized work force with increased collaboration between departments.”

The $6.3 million construction project – which includes the costs of the building’s construction, interior furnishing, and landscaping – was financed through the mix of a loan, reserve funds, and additional grants. Details of additional grant funding will be jointly announced at a later date