Earlier this month, Eastern Construction mobilized on-site to commence construction of the new Academic Building which will provide the University with 80,000 sq.ft. of new, technology-enhanced academic, administrative, and student support spaces as well as a range of amenity and social spaces.
A large open atrium provides access to levels one and two, the Student Union, enhanced learning space, lounge areas, and study spaces which serve to create a centralized hive of activity at the perimeter of the building which in turn animates the building frontage. A feature stair connects the activities of these floors with the Lower Level student club space and conference centre. As students ascend the building, high traffic functions give way to more private, acoustically sensitive areas on levels three, four, and five where visitors may access Student Life amenities, classrooms, and administrative offices which are furnished with modest social spaces for quieter study. The structural grid was developed to allow inherent flexibility in the floorplan without compromising access to windows.
Building on the recent success of the design-build contract for the CFCE at Durham College, Eastern Construction again selected architects Montgomery Sisam and Architecture Counsel as design-build partners for the expansion of the Ontario Tech University campus in Durham Region.