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Wilfrid Laurier University – Centre for Cold Regions And Water Science

Project overview


Waterloo, ON




New Facility


14,000 sq. ft.

Completion date



The design of Wilfrid Laurier University’s new research building was inspired by the researchers themselves. The university recognized the need for a space that would facilitate collaboration and provide a modern environment for cutting-edge research. The result was a building that not only met these needs but also provided a welcoming and comfortable space for researchers and students alike. The lobby, designed to serve as a lounge and interaction space, is a prime example of this approach. It offers an environment that encourages collaboration and interaction, as well as a place to relax and recharge between experiments.

In addition, the building was designed with a focus on sustainability, reflecting the researchers’ commitment to the environment they study. It is outfitted with the latest energy-efficient systems and sustainable materials, reducing its environmental footprint while providing a healthy and comfortable work environment. The two-story entry space, clad in glass, allows natural light to fill the building, creating a bright and open atmosphere that fosters creativity and collaboration.

By providing a comfortable, collaborative, and sustainable environment, the building not only supports their work but also inspires them to push the boundaries of what is possible in their field.


David Driscoll

Senior Associate

David Brown

2014 American School & University – Architectural Portfolio Issue, Specialized Facility Citation | Outstanding Designs: Specialized Facility

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