MacEwan University is an acclaimed learning and teaching university in Edmonton. Established in 1971 and formerly a community college, the University’s main campus is located in the city’s downtown core and is home to over 19 000 students and staff. While the campus is in a prime location for accessibility and connectivity, expanding the heavily-trafficked site with its compressed infrastructure posed an interesting challenge. The University desired to growing its healthcare learning department, and to accommodate more students, learning spaces, and innovative technologies to better deliver the high-quality educational experiences for which the school is renowned.
As the prime consultant for the MacEwan HCLC (now known as the Robbins Health Learning Centre), our team provided a Functional Programming Report which would form the foundation for the design-build process for the new HCLC building. Through our hallmark integrated planning workshops and through several site visits to related facilities—such as the School of Nursing at the University of Texas and UBC’s Life Science’s Centre—we determined the ideal space programming schema and design process for the new HCLC, which is now home to its thousands of students in Nursing, Acupuncture, Holistic Health and Therapy Assistant programs.