• St. Johns, NL
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • 4,645 sq m
  • 50,000 sq ft
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  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Structural Engineering
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A hilltop hotel is revitalized into a multi-use facility overlooking St. John’s. The Emera Innovation Exchange makes room for serendipitous collisions in a new community engagement hub for Memorial University and the city beyond. The facility welcomes students, university faculty and staff, industry start-ups, and the local community into the mixed-use building. The revitalized space offers graduate student housing, community classrooms, private offices, and open shared space for guests and the community at large.

It’s a beautiful space, and really - it’s been designed for collaboration.
Cathy Newhook, Manager of Engagement and Communications at MUN’s Harris Centre
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A Centre Piece

A gathering stair Glass-fronted classrooms open towards a large common area that is grounded by the massive gathering stair. 
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A Centre Piece01

A Maritimes tribute The stair's curved form emulates the ribs of a ship and performs double duty - providing a bold transition between levels, and seats to gather for lectures or performances. 


2019 Award of Merit (Finalist) - Building, Engineering & Science, Ontario Consulting Engineering (CEO)