Renison Master Plan
University of Waterloo

After completing a feasibility study and master plan for long-term growth of Renison University College, WalterFedy’s architects and engineers designed a three-storey residence wing and subsequent two-storey academic and library wing.

 

The residence wing met students’ desires for new beds, more single suites, private baths, internet access, and improved dining facilities. The expanded space includes 50 beds, additions to the Great Hall and food services, renovations to the existing vestibule area at the ground floor of the Founders Building, the addition of a new hydraulic elevator, and new office, lounge, and storage areas.


The 2006 academic addition provided a learning commons, five classrooms, administration areas, atrium, board room, and offices, along with renovations to the registrar area and existing library. In support of the new classrooms and offices in the academic area, the library provides a variety of study spaces for both individual and collaborative work, with both traditional and electronic resources including a computer lab, circulation desk, archival room, group study rooms, and a double-height space for book stacks, study carrels and tables, and casual reading. A full-height curtain wall system provides natural light from three sides of the library.

SERVICES

  • Master Planning

  • Programming

  • Architecture

  • Interior Design

  • Structural Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Civil Engineering

  • Cost Estimating

   

NOTEWORTHY
DESIGN ELEMENTS

The design processes for all three expansion efforts were highly collaborative, reflecting the strong relationship between Renison, the University of Waterloo, and WalterFedy.