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UNIVERSITY OF REGINA EDUCATION BUILDING

Following a careful investigation of the building structure and systems, we ascertained that with some additional mechanical work, the existing building was structurally capable of supporting a further one and a half floors, thereby increasing the area of the building from 4,100 m2 to 6,150 m2 - a considerable benefit to the University. Careful architectural treatment was required to ensure that the scale and massing of the building continue to be aesthetically pleasing, even though a considerable addition has been placed over the original.

Precast concrete materials of similar colour and texture to the original building have been used in the new upper external walls, while the massing delineates the addition. The 5th and 6th floor addition also required extension and upgrading of the existing elevators.

The new 6th floor contains four case rooms (stepped smart classrooms) with full audio/visual capabilities. These rooms were specially designed to meet university requirements for interaction between instructor and students and between students. The design challenge was to maximize the room size and capacity while fitting with the required column locations. Other smart classrooms and computer labs were designed for the 5th floor. A separate, later project involved the complete renovation and re-planning of the 2nd floor to include accessibility from the elevators, an education resource centre, movement studios and specialized sound labs.

University of Regina Education Building
Regina, Saskatchewan
University of Regina

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