Diamond Schmitt Architects; Gibbs Gage Architects
University of Calgary
4,000 m2 (43,000 ft2)
Structural Engineering Consultant
2019, Prairie Wood Design Awards, Interior Wood Design Award
2015, Alberta Construction Magazine, Top Projects
2015, Institutional Under $50 Million & Institutional Design
To help celebrate its 50th anniversary, the University of Calgary created the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning.
Built on the site of the former Nickle Arts Museum, the two-storey, 4,000 m² building accommodates the needs of the Institute, featuring the latest advances in teaching technology, mock classrooms, a simulation centre for teaching, public lecture space, and multipurpose facilities.
Significant portions of the existing structure were preserved, including the foundation, below grade structures, and many superstructure elements. A second level was added to the existing single-storey portion of the building to enable mezzanine spaces in the main floor areas. A new central spine supports 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 were removed and mezzanines added to the high-volume ground floor level. This latter initiative enhanced the facility’s usefulness for a range of activities.