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Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning at the University of Calgary

To help celebrate its 50th anniversary, the University of Calgary created the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning.

CALGARY, AB

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.

A new central spine supports a translucent second-level veranda that cantilevers up to 24 metres from the building face.

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.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

CLIENT

University of Calgary

ARCHITECT

Diamond Schmitt Architects;
Gibbs Gage Architects

OUR ROLE(S)

Structural Engineering Consultant

SIZE

4,000 m² (43,000 ft²)

BUDGET

$21 M

MARKET (OFFICE)

CALGARY

LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW ENTUITIVE APPROACHES ENGINEERING CHALLENGES, AND DISCOVER WHY ENGINEERING PERFORMANCE MATTERS FOR YOUR PROJECT.

KEY CONSIDERATIONS

Challenge One

The university wanted to develop a facility that is flexible and adaptable for multiple functions and future needs.

Solution One

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.

GALLERY

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