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Laurier’s Lazaridis Hall wins Civic Trust Award
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Posted: Jan 4/18
TORONTO — Lazaridis Hall at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects in association with David Thompson Architects, has been recognized with a Civic Trust Award.
The longest-running built environment awards program in Europe highlights projects that demonstrate excellence in architecture, sustainability and universal design and that make a positive social, cultural, environmental or economic benefit to the local community, states a release issued by Diamond Schmitt.
Lazaridis Hall is the only Canadian building and one of only two in North America to receive a 2018 award from the UK-based program. Award winners will be honoured at a ceremony in March in Manchester, England.
According to the release, the facility is home to the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics as well as the Department of Mathematics and associated programs in entrepreneurship. In addition to academic program delivery, the building accommodates 240 faculty and administration offices and a multi-purpose auditorium that supports a seasonal conference agenda.
“Lazaridis Hall represents a new heart of campus life and is designed with simple, strong forms that articulate a distinct presence both on the interior and exterior,” said Birgit Siber, a principal with Diamond Schmitt Architects and project architect, in a statement. “The university has shown great leadership by supporting sustainability initiatives including ambitious energy use reduction to meet the 2030 Challenge.” The building has previously won an Interior Wood Design Award, a Canadian Consulting Engineering Award and an award of excellence from the Ontario Glass and Metal Association.