After a devastating fire in 2018, EastPoint was contracted by Dalhousie University to aid in re-establishing the labs, teaching space, collaborative learning areas, and office space for university professors and students in a key building on the Agricultural Campus in Truro , Nova Scotia. An extensive renovation and a thorough redesign was required which rejuvenated the Agricultural Campus and improved the teaching and learning conditions at the Campus’ most important buildings
The redesign offered the opportunity to create new functional spaces within the building. Working alongside the user groups, our Architecture team designed new laboratories, office spaces, and classrooms with a goal of creating an accessible and natural light filled inviting learning environment for students and staff. Dalhousie University made the progressive decision to ensure that all entrances, access areas and finishes met the 2018 version of CSA B651 standards.
The buildings rooftop systems were severely damaged during the fire. New highly customized building heating, cooling, and ventilation systems were designed to support the requirements of the building while providing a comfortable area to study. Lab ventilation included specialized fume hoods and complex refrigeration systems for the research areas.
The complex integrations of high voltage electrical equipment and the balance of potential interferences at the site required out of the box thinking and collaboration between stakeholders.
To improve the walkability and access for the site we designed repairs and updates to the parking areas and sidewalks around the campus. These included new drainage and traffic control plans that aim to keep all road safe.
EastPoint provided structural assessments of the building’s damaged areas with a focus on understanding and modeling to the impacts of the fire. EastPoint designed the demolition plans for the existing structures and structural supports for the new concrete and steel structure.
3D laser scanning was used to support the development of 3D internal renderings and animations ‘walk-throughs’ for distribution to faculty and students. This platform enabled the designers to work collaboratively with the contractor to work through the specifics of installing various elements.