ROB AND CHERYL MCEWEN GRADUATE STUDY AND RESEARCH BUILDING Schulich School of Business, York University, ON

Baird Sampson Neuert Architects – Institutional [Large] Award

Jury: Post-secondary institutions continue to lead the way in the implementation of advanced sustainable design practice. This academic research and classroom building, incorporates climate-adapted design and advanced technology, while also supporting occupant wellbeing and forging a strong connection to the surrounding campus. The solar chimney and the twist in plan to optimize building orientation were notable features of the design.

The 5,575m² Graduate Study and Research Building for the Schulich School of Business is an academic building designed to promote progressive pedagogy and research. Its section and plan are arranged around an atrium that organizes access to a cafe, three large flat-floor classrooms and four seminar rooms, which are clustered with associated breakout rooms to allow various teaching and peer-to-peer learning formats.

On the second and third floor, reconfigurable research laboratories are clustered with offices and two conference / seminar rooms to accommodate changing research needs. Lounges, meeting and support rooms provide complementary facilities for structured work and informal congeniality.

The building was conceived as a space that would support the school’s distinct pedagogy. The atrium acts as a place for spontaneous meeting and programmed events. The atrium is also an air distribution collector for the building’s hybrid natural-and-active ventilation system. The building’s dynamic, climate-responsive design manifests the commitment of the Schulich School of Business to sustainability. Its 28m high solar chimney tower creates a tangible new campus landmark. The solar chimney is an exemplar of architectural and engineering integration, unprecedented in Canadian university architecture.

The atrium and narrow opening above to the solar chimney. Local company, Tappatec Inc., supplied durable ege brand carpet tile.

Curtain wall and Inline Fibreglass windows with triple-glazed insulated glass and building automation system controlled operable vents.

  • Project Credits
  • Owner/Developer  York University
  • Architect  Baird Sampson Neuert Architects
  • General Contractor  Ellis Don Construction
  • Landscape Architect  PLANT Architect Inc.
  • Civil Engineer  R.V. Anderson Associates Limited
  • Electrical/ Mechanical Engineer  Crosssey Engineering Ltd.
  • Structural Engineer  Blackwell Structural Engineers
  • Commissioning Agent JLL
  • Climate Consultants  Transsolar
  • Code Consultant  Leber Rubes Inc.
  • Building Envelope Consultants  RDH Building Science Inc.
  • Acoustical Consultants  Swallow Acoustic Consultants
  • Cost Consultants  Vermeulens Cost Consultants
  • Elevator Consultant  KJA Consultants Inc.
  • Photo  Tom Arban
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  • Project Performance
  • Energy intensity (building and process energy) = 89.1 KWhr/m2/year
  • Energy intensity reduction relative to reference building under MNECB = 74%
  • Water consumption from municipal sources = 2,170 litres/occupant/year
  • Reduction in water consumption relative to reference building under LEED = 47%
  • Recycled material content by value = 20%
  • Regional materials (800km radius) by value = 39%
  • Construction waste diverted from landfill = 88%

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