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Pembina Hall is one of the oldest buildings on the University of Alberta campus and in the city of Edmonton. Built in 1914 and originally used as a residence, this historic building has housed thousands of people over the years (including a ghost or two!), and is now used by the University as a dedicated classroom and office space, and is home to the Department of East Asian Studies, the School of Native Studies and the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies.


The primary objective of our reimagining of the Pembina Hall is to maintain the space’s unique historical character while modernizing its interior to meet contemporary standards for comfort and safety.   


Our process involved multiple phases. Before our intervention, the building was a fire and safety hazard. In the first phase of the renewal, we responded to the most urgent safety concerns, which included the removal of hazardous materials, the addition of a much-needed elevator, and significant mechanical and code upgrades to bring the building up to snuff. The second phase involved interior work, a complete window replacement and the restoration of existing exterior masonry walls and entryways. The finishes and renovations allow each particular department to express its own distinct style and character, and environmentally-sensitive and sustainable strategies will elevate the design for years to come! 

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