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In designing the 70,000 ft2 social and wellness centre, maximizing connections was key – connections between large open, multipurpose spaces and smaller, more defined program spaces, indoor amenities and outdoor amenities, new building features and existing campus features – to create an accessible, animated facility that inspires synergies and supports a strong and prosperous academic community. The double height, ground floor atrium is designed for optimal flexibility. It offers modest, inviting pockets suited to multiple smaller functions occurring simultaneously and on an everyday basis with the capacity to accommodate large student gatherings and events as required. The second level looks down into the atrium, maintaining an important visual connection with the more animated first floor, while offering quieter work spaces, study areas, lounge spaces, student committee offices, and a multi-faith centre. Specialty sport facilities, athletic studios, lockers and change rooms are located on the third level together with a double height gym space and elevated running track. The upper level houses office space, a vestibule and a purpose-built senate room for the college. A coherent and high graphic standard permeates the building with bespoke materials, finishes and features befitting of Sheridan’s mandate and brand as an institution.
Phase 2A joins directly with Phase 2, sharing a portico at grade and two upper level connections. A simple, clean massing both conveys the rhythm of Phase 2 and distinguishes it from its neighbours. The centre is also accessible via a main arterial, Rathburn Road, to the north and the future Scholar’s Green park expansion to the south. Open and covered walkways, a patio and outdoor turf field complement the graphic, angular design of the quad and offer occasion for social activities inside the building to spill out into the campus. These quality outdoor spaces support the desire for intensification and animate the public realm.
About the Architects
Sheridan College Hazel McCallion Campus Student and Athletic Centre (Phase 2A) is a joint venture between Moriyama & Teshima and Montgomery Sisam Architects. This project builds on the firms’ previous collaboration on Sheridan College Hazel McCallion Campus Phase 2.
Founded in 1970, Moriyama & Teshima is an internationally recognized team of architects, planners and designers collaborating with visionary clients to build inspiring and enduring spaces that transform communities and reinforce civic identity. The office offers services in architecture, master planning and urban design, interior design and program development. Their extensive portfolio of projects includes museums and art galleries, university buildings, schools, corporate and government headquarters, recreational facilities, libraries, restoration and renovation projects, and urban/campus planning.
Founded in 1978, Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. is a multi-award-winning Canadian architectural practice with a reputation for designing buildings with a larger social consciousness and sense of responsibility. The 75-person office provides clients with a full range of services including master planning, architecture, interior design, and urban design and offers expertise in a variety of building projects ranging from small renovations to complex additions and new, state-of-the-art facilities across many industry sectors, with a particular focus on designing for living, learning and healing.
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