The Humber College Student Residence Building at the North Campus was built to provide housing for a significant surge in student population. The new residence building provides rooms for an additional 315 students, adding to the original 1,100 places.
The residence rooms were designed to accommodate students during the academic year and conference delegates in the summer months. In response, the rooms were designed in pairs with a shared kitchenette and washroom.
Also central to the planning and design was the renovation and expansion of the existing, already undersized cafeteria. The objective was to improve capacity for both seating and operations in a full service cafeteria by 50%. In addition, a new banquet hall was mandated to be adjacent to it and to flexibly serve the student body in the academic months and conference delegates in the summer.
Balancing the needs of the student and conference programs was an essential design goal. Both the student rooms and all social spaces were examined through both lenses to maximize the use of all relevant spaces.