I know this is not as big a project as others that are going on in Halifax, but this building is going to be a great addition to the Saint Mary's campus.
In keeping with the University's strategic direction for development and renewal, the construction of the new $17.5 million Atrium complex will provide greatly needed teaching, research and community space that will elevate the student experience.
The new 43,000 sq. ft., 3-storey Atrium will be constructed to LEED certification standards and be located in the northwest corner of the campus on Inglis Street and attached to the Science, Patrick Power Library and Burke Buildings.
Unique features include:
The Global Learning Commons
– a wireless, student-centred, barrier-free communal learning space that encourages interaction between faculty, students and staff, and will provide more opportunity for community engagement.
An Interior Biowall
– a "living wall" that cleanses the air and provides an ecological approach to maintaining the indoor environment.
Additional research labs, office space and stateof-the-art classrooms
with equipment and layouts that optimize effective and enjoyable instruction.
An Information Technology Centre
– to complement the existing wireless campus.
The Atrium building project is the result of the commitment and support from alumni and friends who believe in Saint Mary's mission of academic and research excellence, fiscal responsibility, accessibility and outreach to local and international communities.