Trent University’s Durham Region Campus Expansion includes includes a bold and distinctive design for a new campus keystone building and overall campus open-space master plan. The new building designed by Barry Bryan Associates (BBA) includes increased academic space located over 2 floors, and an additional of 4 floors of student residence above, consisting of 200 beds and main-floor lecture halls and common areas.
Kendall Flower Landscape Architecture (KFLA) was engaged as a project sub-consultant to develop a landscape renewal master plan to establish a coordinated campus open space identity. KFLA has followed the project through from schematic concept development through completion of the design, including site plan approval and permitting processes.
The project has a total budget of $26M and had an extremely aggressive design schedule. BBA first received approval to proceed in mid-May of 2018. Design was completed and ready for Tender by October 5, 2018.
The coordinated design team included:
- Barry Bryan Associates (Architects, Engineers, Project Managers) (BBA)
- D.G. Biddle & Associates (Civil Engineers)
- Mulvey & Banani International (Electrical Engineers)
Landscape objectives which were achieved through the resulting design included:
- The use of open-space to physically and aesthetically link the existing Trent Durham academic building (Adaptive Reuse Project completed by BBA in 2010) to the new building and potential future building phases.
- Establish a unique and identifiably “campus-feel” through use of a distinct design, capturing the Trent Durham identity.
- Enhance the pedestrian experience, shifting site circulation priority to the pedestrian.
- Strong focus on universal accessibility in the landscape, incorporating AODA standards and best practices. The site topography includes a 4m drop from one end of the building, requiring careful planning and thoughtful design to achieve equitably accessible paths of travel.
- Sustainable design including: low impact development approaches to storm water management including a central focal-point bio infiltration zone, a focus on native and drought tolerant species including high-biodiversity meadow and naturalized planting pockets.
Design also included planning for the potential to install a seasonal exterior ice rink and considerations for a future phase 3 build.