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School of Pharmacy at University of Waterloo wins Design Exchange Award in Canada

29 November 2010
School of Pharmacy at University of Waterloo wins Design Exchange Award in Canada

The School of Pharmacy at the University of Waterloo, Canada (and AIM Member) was recently awarded the silver prize in the Design Exchange Awards in Canada 2010.

This nationwide competition is open to all types of professional designers and business’ across Canada working in a range of design disciplines.

The University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy was designed and built to provide a suitable learning environment for students and faculty, act as a catalyst for its immediate community, and present the City of Kitchener with a distinct landmark.

A public and private partnership between the City of Kitchener and University of Waterloo, formed in 2003, created an opportunity for the City to offer the land and funding to obtain a facility that would offer an imperative education, pharmaceutical services to the community, and would also present a landmark on the urban landscape. The result is a hybrid of school and clinic that sets an important precedent for future developments in this realm.

The project incorporates a rich program, mixing faculty and student laboratories, lecture and seminar rooms, an auditorium, an herbarium, a family clinic, and a commercial pharmacy. Sited in the Warehouse District of Kitchener, the new building aided the rejuvenation of the downtown core with the inclusion of students, faculty and community. By the means of a poured- on-site concrete structure, illustrated glass skin, ground floor café and curved north façade, the design responds appropriately to the active urban surroundings, while sustainable features were implemented to solve urban construction issues that were imposed on the designated site.

Read the full story, including other winners, here.

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