This new 210,000 ft2, six-storey facility completes the renaissance of the northern portion of campus and is the new home of humanities and social sciences.
The building houses the departments of English & Drama, Philosophy, Historical Studies, Language Studies, Political Science and Sociology and the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre.The building also features a dedicated space for digital humanities research and the Centre for South Asian Civilizations; this beautiful space is designed for collaborative research, with meeting rooms, study and social space.
The building features 29 classrooms that add 37,000 ft2 (3,450 m2) of classroom space to campus. There is much excitement about active learning classrooms - technology-enhanced spaces specially designed to facilitate group work and boost collaborative problem solving. In addition, there are more than 500 new campus study spaces throughout the building to accommodate individual and group work in meeting rooms, quiet alcoves and study carrels.
The building incorporates a number of exciting environmental innovations, including five green roof spaces and special glass designed to deter bird strikes. The building is heated and cooled using UTM’s campus district energy system, which increases energy efficiency. A rainwater reuse system supplies water for irrigation and other uses.