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“Transformation of a significant landmark building”
Waterloo Lutheran Seminary is among the founding institutions of Wilfrid Laurier University. The existing 2-storey building, designed by Kruschen + Daley Architects and erected in 1962, has many notable features, including a fine central courtyard, iconic bell tower and mature landscape. With the recent addition of a new undergraduate program and notable aspirations for further growth, the school is in need of greater and more appropriate infrastructure.
The design achieves a number of important goals for the Seminary. The interior is reconfigured to create right-sized, state-of-the-art, technology-enabled classrooms as well as an increase in student gathering spaces. A new addition and canopy at the lower level, facing Bricker Ave. replaces an unsightly mechanical block, providing a significant entry to both the Seminary and the campus. The addition of sliding glass doors on three sides and an ample terrace will transform the existing courtyard into a more usable space that is integrated with adjacent interiors. Finally, mechanical services are replaced and relocated in the east wing of the lower level, more appropriately situated next to an existing parking lot. Windows are replaced within the carefully composed band openings on each of the elevations.
The design will give the Seminary a new prominence commensurate with the essential role that it played in the founding of both the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University.
Completion Date: 2016
Project Type: Education
Building Size: 25,000 sq. ft.