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IDEA Building

Vision

Dalhousie University is poised to transform its downtown Sexton Campus and with two new academic structures. The focus is to provide modern space for students to learn the art of design through hands-on experience, and increase interaction and collaboration between students in the Faculties of Engineering, and Architecture & Planning. This represents the first newly constructed academic buildings on Dalhousie’s Sexton Campus since the university merged with the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS) in 1997. This will be a substantial contribution to campus – both functional and visual.

The DESIGN Building includes a 450-seat auditorium, a design commons featuring numerous bookable meeting rooms, and studio space for the Faculty of Architecture & Planning. 37,745 square feet

The Emera IDEA Building (formerly the INNOVATION Building) will house workshops and prototyping labs for the Faculty of Engineering, and innovation studios focusing on hardware-based entrepreneurship. 49,615 square feet. 

The Emera IDEA Building (formerly the INNOVATION Building) will also be home to the Emera ideaHUB: an advanced engineering incubator/accelerator space to enhance the educational experience and equip students with the creative and entrepreneurial skills they need for the future. The Emera ideaHUB, made possible through a $10-million gift from Emera, will better link students and faculty to industry and entrepreneurs, revitalizing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in Atlantic Canada.  

Concept

The site for the two new buildings is approximately 18,500 square feet in area and is located interior to the Sexton Campus along an existing driveway with access from Morris Street and adjacent to C, C-1, B, and Q buildings. There will be an atrium component linking the Innovation Building, the Design Building, C and C1 and the Morroy.

Eventually, a multi-use corridor will connect the campus to Spring Garden Road and will bring the city into the campus through transparency and activity.

The functional program consists of a 450-seat auditorium, high bay workshops at grade level, prototyping workshops, studios, design commons and an innovation hub. Both buildings are critical to the success of the Faculties of Engineering and Architecture & Planning, and Dalhousie.

Dalhousie’s key aspirational design principles for the project included:

1.1.1. high-quality design, fulfilling Dal’s goal that this building be a leading exemplar for excellence in architectural and engineering design;

1.1.2. designing spaces that can adapt to changing pedagogy and space requirements;

1.1.3. exploring options for assigning program area to the atrium for space efficiency; 

1.1.4. targeting LEED Gold Certification;  

1.1.5. creating transparency at grade levels bringing teaching and research activity to the street and to the city thereby re-enforcing Dalhousie as a visible cog in the economy;

1.1.6. exhibiting student work and research;

1.1.7. maintaining proportional building height to the width of the existing driveway recognizing the pedestrian scale of the exterior landscape;

1.1.8. providing opportunities for the building to act as a ‘interactive laboratory’ such as but not limited to integrating data measuring points that monitor structural movements, thermal performance, power consumption, etc;

1.1.9. minimizing snow loading impact on adjacent buildings;   

Project Overview

  • Size: Approximately 65,000 gross square feet
  • Budget: $26 M
  • Construction start date: October 2016
  • Opening date: April 2018
  • Architects: DSRA Architecture
  • Construction firm: Lindsay Construction

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IDEA Buildings

The DESIGN Building includes a 450-seat auditorium, a design commons featuring numerous bookable meeting rooms, and studio space for the Faculty of Architecture & Planning. 37,745 square feet

The Emera IDEA Building (formerly the INNOVATION Building) will house workshops and prototyping labs for the Faculty of Engineering, and innovation studios focusing on hardware-based entrepreneurship. 49,615 square feet. 

Watch a video about the concept and follow the IDEA Building blog

Visit the Idea Building page for details.

Budget: $26M

Clean Tech Hub (renovation of F and P Buildings) 10,250 square feet

The “Clean Tech Hub” will expand Dalhousie’s existing research, commercialization, and innovation infrastructure facilities to include:

  • A modern bio-refinery pilot plant,
  • Advanced Analytical and Genomics Clean Water Technology Laboratory
  • Healthy Breath Air Technologies Laboratories.

Renovation includes energy saving retrofits to the exterior, HVAC, and lighting as well as life safety systems, accessibility, interior upgrades in certain areas, and electrical distribution system upgrades.

Budget: $16.65M

Vision : The Chemical Engineering Building (F Building) & A.E. Cameron Building (P Building) will undergo renewal of the basic building infrastructure, such as electrical and HVAC systems, to support the renovation of various labs to expand and enhance research on clean energy technology.  The Clean Tech Hub will create space for research and development and commercialization of innovative solutions to environmental challenges and to tap into the growing clean technology sector.  It will support existing expertise and boost the university’s capability to stimulate innovation in areas including clean water systems, tidal energy, bio-energy, energy storage, energy systems and energy efficiency.

 

Advanced Manufacturing Hub and Ocean Engineering Hub (renovation of C and C1 Buildings) 15,589 square feet

Advanced Manufacturing Hub and Ocean Engineering Hub (renovation of C and C1 Buildings) 15,589 square feet

The “Advanced Manufacturing Hub” will house infrastructure that embodies the complete spectrum of industrial processing sequences from raw material production through to the fabrication and analysis of engineered components.

The "Ocean Engineering Hub” includes applied research, commercialization and innovation activities of students and researchers in underwater sensors, robotics and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). 

Budget: $8.09M

Vision : The C Building is also called the Electrical Engineering Building and it is over 55 years old.  This building will be renewed to provide necessary multi-purpose research spaces to turn it into the Advanced Manufacturing Hub. This will rejuvenate Dalhousie's ability to undertake world-leading applied research at the cutting edge of manufacturing including powder metallurgy and additive manufacturing. The hub will support significant industrial research partnerships such as those in place with Pratt and Whitney, Boeing and a host of Tier 1 manufacturers.

The C1 Building is also called the H. Theakston Building and is attached to the C Building.  It’s 48 years old and like the C Building has never received any major upgrades or renewal.  A renewal will provide new research and upgraded spaces, provide better and more efficient lighting and enhance HVAC and life safety items.

The Ocean Engineering Hub will be a key resource for a number of ocean-related research centers including the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) as well as an important link to ocean technology companies. 

Renovation to D Building 64,945 square feet

 

New cladding, roof and energy efficient windows to improve overall building efficiency. 

Budget: $$7.53M

Vision : D Building is also known as the A.L. MacDonald building. A major element of this project is to improve the energy efficiency of the building exterior.

Sustainability , Technology Diversity Program, LaunchDal Collider

The IDEA Project also incudes major investment in Sustainability, expansion of Dalhousie’s Techonology Diversity Program, and the creation of the LaunchDal Collider.

  • Sustainability   

Renewable energy (solar PV, geothermal); water and energy efficiency (process water efficiency, rain water cistern); construction and demolition reuse; natural and urban environments (green roof); living building (sensors and meters); and transportation (active living corridor; electric vehicles).Renovation to D Building.

Budget: $ 4M

  • Technology Diversity Programs – 6,000 square feet

Support and guidance for women, African Canadian and Indigenous students pursuing a degree in Engineering or Computer Science.

Budget: $ 1.5M

  •  LaunchDal Collider 950 square feet

A new  space designated for student teams, faculty members to collaborate on start-up projects in an immersion room–a practical working laboratory.

Budget: $ .6M