Algonquin College Student Commons
Envisioned as the “Heart of the Campus”, IBI Group designed a 110,000 sq. ft. Student Commons for Algonquin College, providing a destination for student gatherings, events and celebrations.
ClientPCL Constructors Canada
A significant and iconic structure shaping the gateway to Algonquin College
Having struggled with a significant lack of student space for years, Algonquin College commissioned IBI Group and Teeple Architects Inc. to design a new 110,000 sq. ft. Student Commons building, envisioned to become the service hub of the campus. As Architect of Record, the IBI design team established a destination for students to access student groups and activities, support services, counselling and career development.
The design provides an architecturally striking entry for students and visitors, with comfortable, accessible interior and exterior spaces for student learning and socializing. The Student Commons is equipped with a living room, study hall and “rec room” for the student body, with the central focus being a three-storey open atrium space. The lounge enfolds a large, outdoor commons, the ‘Central Park’, bringing the outdoors into the experience of the space, and providing a natural counterpoint to an energetic environment.
The landscape architecture of the Student Commons is designed to reflect three main initiatives: to highlight campus identity at a broader scale; to support diverse programs and enhance the students’ experience through various “outdoor rooms”; as well as to create a functional landscape that is self-sustaining. Understanding the prominent location of the landscape plaza in the context of long-term development of Algonquin College, the Student Commons landscape will be a focal point as well as the key note on the “Green Spine” throughout the campus.
Award of Excellence
By Canadian Design-Build Institute
Award of Merit, Urban Design Awards
Campus Infill Category,
By City of Ottawa
Head of Major Construction
Physical Resources, Algonquin College