Diamond Schmitt Architects & Gibbs Gage Architects
University of Calgary
Structural Engineering Consultant
To help celebrate its 50th anniversary, the University of Calgary is building the Institute for Teaching and Learning.
To be realized on the site of the former Nickle Arts Museum, the two-storey 4,000-square-metre building will be refurbished to accommodate the needs of the Institute. It will feature the latest advances in teaching technology, mock classrooms, a simulation centre for teaching, public lecture space and multi-purpose facilities.
Significant portions of the existing structure will be preserved, including the foundation, below-grade structures and many superstructure elements. A second level will be added to the existing single-storey portion of the building to enable mezzanine spaces in the main floor areas. A new central spine will support a translucent second level veranda that cantilevers up to 24 metres from the building face.
Challenge: The University wanted to develop a facility that is flexible and adaptable for multiple functions and future needs.
Solution: The overall design is flexible so walls, floors and furniture can adapt to the learning needs of students using the space. Columns are being removed and mezzanines added to the high volume ground floor level. This latter initiative will enhance the facility’s usefulness for a range of activities.