Trent University Bata Research Library
and Innovation Cluster
Perkins + Will Canada
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The Bata Library will undergo a $14.3 million, 111,235 sq. ft. transformation into a library of the future – and home to the new Bata Research and Innovation Cluster.
The new Bata Research and Innovation Cluster will include multiple centres dedicated to research and innovation, intensely interactive student spaces, and design elements to promote environmental sustainability. The cluster will be a nexus of knowledge mobilization that enhances student entrepreneurship, research on aging and the environment, and work with Indigenous peoples and communities.
The transformation will be carried out in a way that maintains and enhances a historically-significant building designed by one of Canada's most renowned architects, Ron Thom. The project will demonstrate ways to combine a commitment to nationally-important architecture with a contemporary need for digital infrastructure, and for sustainable design that furthers Canada's climate change agenda. Some design and infrastructure features will include a green wall at the centre of the Bata Library, and high performance computing and data analytics to support research and innovation for faculty, staff, students and industry.