The addition provides the Faculties of Law with a new prestigious address on King Edward Street. Two new entrances are located to allow easy access into the building off of King Edward and Thomas More. The highly transparent façade provides an unprecedented street level façade – visually accessed from the street is the 100 student state-of-the-art classroom, expansive student study area, a well lit foyer and event space.
The exterior of the fi ve storey building is clad in limestone and glass. The interior is bathed in sunlight from the atrium connecting the new and old portions of the building and is clad in wood. Bridges spanning the atrium become nodes of social activity with student gathering areas and lounge spaces allowing for optimal connectivity at each level. All of the offi ces and seminar rooms in the building are situated along the perimeter of the building to enjoy the daylight and fresh air. ADR Classrooms, the Motions Court, the Round Room and the Multi-Purpose Rooms all share exposure to the atrium and as a result take advantage of the benefi ts of natural light and cross building views. The new addition and Fauteux Hall will have inter-connected circulation to tie the two buildings together to create a more cohesive whole while improving way-fi nding. Sustainable initiatives regarding site, energy, water, material and indoor environmental quality are incorporated through the design of the new addition. The project is targeted for LEED Platinum.
The redevelopment of the building provides both the Faculty of Common Law and the Faculty of Civil Law with a new world stage upon which to teach the future generations at Canada’s University, the University of Ottawa.