most of the parking space in Downtown Markham seems to be planned to be added through above ground garages as they are cheaper, in the $30,000 a spot range instead of $50,000+ an underground spot can cost.
It appears that all of the buildings on site look the same.. I would rather see some variety.
As for the surface parking, I don't think it's such a big deal, as I am sure that it will be built over rather quickly. York's Keele campus is losing surface parking fast with its current construction boom (Pan Am stadium and engineering building under construction at the moment).