Significant parts of Saanich’s past and future are being brought into the spotlight in the days ahead.
The District of Saanich is finalizing plans for a celebration to mark the 50th anniversary of its municipal hall.
Designed by Peter Blewett in the “brutalist” architectural style, the municipal hall’s bold and visionary design was chosen for its impression of permanence, durability and timelessness.
“Taking the time to recognize the architectural significance of the building and its unique design components presents an opportunity for the community to gather and celebrate its past, while looking to the future,” said Saanich Coun. Vicki Sanders, who chairs the Arts, Culture and Heritage advisory committee.
Sanders will be among those taking time next week to celebrate the hall’s first half century and recognize its important role in the community.
The official celebration has been set for Tuesday at 7 p.m. when members of the Arts, Culture and Heritage committee and Saanich’s heritage foundation will offer tours and serve cake. It should be a fitting tribute for the hall that has played a prominent role in the community’s past 50 years.
While the district is set to honour the past, another Saanich fixture is busily preparing for the future.
Island Health recently unveiled its 20-year master campus plan for Royal Jubilee Hospital that sits along Saanich’s southern border.
The campus plan anticipates an increase of 200 beds over the next 20 years, bringing the total at Royal Jubilee Hospital to 650 beds by 2035. The plan calls for several new buildings, the largest of which would be a 15,000 square-metre Centre Block. The plan also suggests improving access on the Saanich end of the hospital, creating more of a campus entry.
The campus plan and anniversary celebration are a good reminder of the value the community receives through honouring its past while preparing for the future.