This project, as far as we can tell, never obtained a Development Permit. It was built by Carillion Construction for Defense Construction Canada, and the public announcement of the project (after it had already started) said the new building would cost around $31m. It allows the Jericho Garrison (in West Point Grey) to be “divested” according to a military spokesman. There’s an additional retrofit and seismic upgrade to ensure the existing heritage Seaforth Armoury building (to the west) complies with the National Building Code of Canada and Department of National Defence standards.
There’s no confirmation of who the architects were, although bidding documents suggest a consortium of The Colborne Architectural Group/AMEC Americas Limited. The project hit a rocky patch at the end of 2013 when workers with the demolition subcontractor blockaded the site for non-payment. Fortunately the design evolved from the initial idea, to a lighter colour scheme.