University of Waterloo
University of Waterloo Digital Media Lab

Address (Map): 125 St. Patrick Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A2L5 Canada
Sector: Educational
MCW Office: Toronto
Status: Complete
Sub Categories: College & University

Project Description

This is 3 storey, 42,000 sq.ft design / build project. The first building for The University of Waterloo,  Stratford Campus, comprising multi-purpose classrooms, project rooms, meeting rooms and collaboration spaces to accommodate a wide variety of users and activities.  The Digital Media Lab building represents a significant first step in the phased development of the New Stratford Campus for the University of Waterloo.  While the programming focus is digital media, the campus capitalizes on emerging technologies as it grows to become one of the most exciting, dynamic educational environments in North America.  The Digital Media building houses faculty, staff and students in the Master of Digital Innovation (MDI) program and the Global Business and Digital Arts (GBDA) program along with a Centre of Excellence in digital media commercialization and research.  The 45,000 square foot, three-storey facility is located on a brown field site and is inspired by the industrial and railway heritage the adjacent industrial railway buildings.  Beginning with the robust simplicity and powerful structure that characterizes the existing buildings on site, our design looks to create something new from old including the multi-level Event Space that opens toward the street.  Within the Event Space, a digital screen tile wall was created as an expressive element within that can grow vertically into a multi-level “Monolith” connecting all levels of the building and outwards to the City.  The design planning was driven by the desire to create a flexible, collaborative learning environment -  a veritable hub of creative entrepreneurial technology.  To achieve this, our design looks to link the building horizontally and vertically, using the Event Space and collaboration spaces as the convergence spaces from classrooms and project rooms.  Sectionally, the building design uses the collaboration spaces to create a stepped back configuration of openness and overlook on all three levels connected by an open convenience stair.  Although not seeking LEED certification, this facility is designed to LEED Silver certification levels.

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