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Campus planning, design, construction and operations are integral services to our campuses.
Architectural and Engineering Services (AES) oversees all new projects on campus. New project requests include work that will require architectural, mechanical or electrical design to facilitate renovations and construction.
UM strives to be a leader in creating an inclusive experience for its students, staff and visitors. The university’s academic, research, administrative, residential and special purpose buildings are no exception to that pursuit and reflect the care and dedication of staff and management to UM’s core values.
Adaptability Canada was contracted to audit interior and exterior spaces at the Fort Garry, Bannatyne, and the William Norrie Centre campuses. This audit set out to accomplish two things:
- Identify areas of risk in the service of people with accessibility needs and bring to the forefront risk associated with changes in accessibility and employment legislation and in workforce diversity.
- Empower the University of Manitoba’s commitment to stakeholder experience with new perspective and insights.
Facts and figures:
Since July of 2017, a team of professionals collected data on:
- 111 buildings assessed
- 15,000+ images taken
- 500+ pages of auditor notes
Methodology and improvement areas
The project team examined how people use the environment that has been created and identified code variances and life safety issues that create barriers to access. The built world is very different for someone with visual, hearing, physical or intellectual disabilities. It is the power of this perspective that gives new insight into risk and how it can impact the customer experience. The top 3 areas for improvement have been identified as:
- Physical access
- Life and stair safety
Based on the results and recommendations of the audit, UM can minimize or even eliminate risk by relentlessly pursuing service excellence. UM has set a standard based on inclusive design, which seeks to serve all people equally within an environment.
Active Living Complex
The Active Living Complex was designed for the study and promotion of active living and to engage the university and greater Winnipeg community. The building has become one of our campus’ iconic structures for staff, students and the public.
Completed: March 2015
- 2017 CISC Steel Design Award, Recreational Facility
- 2016 NIRSA Outstanding Sports Facility Award
- 2016 Build Magazine, Best Institutional Architecture Project
- 2016 Acquisition International Magazine, Most Outstanding Architecture Project
Smartpark Innovation Hub
Smartpark Innovation Hub is a central gathering place for the Smartpark community, for province-wide university researchers, and for the local technology industry. The facility encourages partnerships that will drive the creation of new technologies and grow local start-up companies.
Completed: Spring 2018
Stanley Pauley Engineering Building
The Stanley Pauley Engineering Building at the University of Manitoba provides new space for engineering programs and associated research activities. The new building incudes centralized, open-concept laboratories and will allow staff and students to develop, construct and exhibit prototypes that will foster engineering innovation and continued industry engagement.
Completed: Spring 2018
Churchill Marine Observatory
The Churchill Marine Observatory (CMO) is a state-of-the-art Arctic marine observatory, technology incubation, and commercialization centre. It delivers cutting-edge research into approaches and technologies to detect oil, liquefied natural gas, dispersants, and other contaminants in Arctic systems.
Completed: March 2020