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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.
Aligning with the Accessibility for Manitobans Act, and the University of Manitoba’s commitment to fostering and providing an accessible environment, the University has embarked on a campus-wide accessibility audit of the built environment. A draft report was completed by Adaptability Canada in 2019 that identified barriers in the core areas of safety impact, compliance issues, and service improvement with the top improvement areas campus-wide noted as wayfinding/signage; physical access; life safety; lighting and contrast; washrooms; external pathways and building thresholds.
In order to expand on the initial observations, a Consultant Team led by Level Playing Field has been engaged to complete the audit and deliver a report of their findings. The final report will include a prioritization plan identifying accessibility projects for UM campuses, and a 10 year capital improvement plan identifying projects for the near/immediate term (1-2 year), mid-term (3-5 year), and long-term (6-10 years).
Methodology and improvement areas
Level Playing Field (LPF) is a consulting agency that provides innovative Universal Design solutions based on the social model of disability. LPF applies a social justice framework to their evaluations and accessible best practice recommendations for all urban environments. LPF is a leader in accessibility in Canada and will guide UM through the built environment accessibility audit project. The Consultant Team’s site auditing is complemented by their ability to conduct extensive qualitative research and meaningful stakeholder engagement through their knowledge of national building code, accessibility standards, and best practice.
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