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University of Waterloo Applied Health Sciences Addition

As architect of record, IBI provided full architectural services on a 4-storey addition connecting three prominent health science buildings on the University of Waterloo campus.

Melloul Blamey Construction Inc., University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON
63,000 sq ft Size
2016 Completed

This 4-storey addition ties together three existing, free-standing buildings on the main University of Waterloo campus: Burt Matthews Hall, the Lyle S. Hallman Institute for Health Promotion, and the Manulife Wellness Centre.

The functional and striking expansion includes a 350-seat lecture hall and reception/crush space; a 55-seat, multi-function seminar room; faculty offices; a 60-seat dining area with food service outlets; student work spaces; anatomy teaching and prep areas; as well as several 25-seat undergraduate teaching labs for physiology, biomechanics, and neuroscience. These flexible labs will provide opportunities for both lecture format and experiential learning at pods throughout the facility.

In addition to the four research labs on the second floor, a large, multi-user research lab on the 4th floor permits a wide range of research activities including wet lab research in a hoteling concept. The open concept research lab includes both fixed and non-fixed work surfaces and will be supported by special project rooms opening into the common lab area. The entire building, including the labs, was designed to be completely accessible.

The project was fast-tracked via a design-build delivery method with Melloul-Blamey Construction in order to achieve occupancy for the summer of 2016, prior to the beginning of the school year. This enabled the complex’s underground connection and the remaining basement and foundation work to be completed prior to the arrival of the harsh winter weather.

A new generation of minds is reshaping the way we approach education at all levels of learning. The Applied Health Sciences building expansion unites crucial learning environments for the students of UW’s world-class health and science programs.

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Neil Munro

Associate Director | Practice Lead, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

With over 40 years of professional architectural experience, Neil Munro has a diverse portfolio of work and project experience working with government agencies, residential, institutional, commercial and urban planning clients. Neil has an exemplary record of institutional work including acting as principal in charge for two demanding and complex architectural commissions, the York University Schulich School of Business, which received the Governor General’s Award for Architecture, and University of Waterloo ? School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine recipient of the Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence Award.

Neil has authored papers and given public lectures on ecological and environmental design issues. For his achievement in environmental design, he was also appointed a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.

Stephen Donnelly

Associate | Manager, Architecture
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Stephen Donnelly is one of the firm’s leading specialists in the design and construction of educational facilities. His experience ranges from childcare centres, elementary and secondary schools to award winning College and University buildings. He has been involved in all facets of project realization for many of the firm’s large-scale sophisticated projects at several Canadian Universities.

Stephen is currently the project manager and lead designer for the new Applied Health Sciences Addition at the University of Waterloo. He has extensive experience delivering projects via a variety of delivery methods including Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build and P3 procurement.

Paula Margaritis

Associate | Manager, Interior Design
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON

Paula Margaritis has 15 years of intensive multidisciplinary experience in architecture, planning and interior design. Her architectural background brings solid knowledge on built form modules and allows ultimate flexibility in developing and creating highly progressive and innovative solutions in any environment. As a senior designer, she has participated on several larger scale projects ensuring a highly creative and detailed quality in designing interiors and coordinated with the functional and technical aspects of the projects. As a passionate, energetic, efficient and organized professional, she processes excellent communications, sound project management skills and a team spirited personality.