university of ottawa

university of ottawa

OCA2014 Winner - Institutional Building: Social Sciences Building, University of Ottawa

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The new Social Sciences building and renovated Vanier Hall at the University of Ottawa is a robust structure designed to engage – and withstand – a large student body and faculty. The 15-storey tower and adjacent podiums house nine departments, 250 full-time staff, and 10,000 students. In order to meet the demands of this activity, the materials selected for the interior public spaces are hardwearing and durable – exposed concrete and steel, porcelain tile floors and glass guards. When the project started in 2006, the mandate was to renovate the existing Vanier Hall, a five-storey academic building constructed in the 1950s. By 2008, it became clear that Vanier Hall alone wouldn’t give the University sufficient space to meet its growing needs, so a high-rise building was configured to occupy a narrow strip of land and connect to Vanier Hall.