SCUP Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions, Renovation or Adaptive Reuse
Thompson Rivers University
Photo by Tyler Meade
Diamond Schmitt Architects; Stantec Architecture; Fast+Epp; Yellowridge Construction; StructureCraft Builders; LMDG; Northern Microclimate
“ . . . bold move to co-opt an iconic element of the campus . . . dramatic and energetic transformation . . . roof line with the mountains works well together . . . exuberance and energy contributes to the young population . . . ”
The planning of the Old Main Academic Building Addition is rooted in TRU’s 2003 master plan, which calls for the vertical expansion of existing buildings in order to increase density without sacrificing green space and interconnectedness between facilities. The building provides academic and office space for TRU’s new Faculty of Law and the School of Business and Economics MBA program, as well as teaching and meeting space for the entire campus community. The addition’s distinctive curvilinear design relates harmoniously with the surrounding mountains, drawing special inspiration from Mount Peter and Mount Paul, which are important to the First Nations people of the area. It met the university’s desire for an iconic building that will raise the university’s profile across the world, while acknowledging the role of indigenous culture and history in TRU’s mission to be the University of Choice for aboriginal students. Furthermore, the project preserves the historic role of Old Main as the first building on campus while updating its appearance and giving it a fresh identity.