In 2010 St. Jerome’s University identified physical space constraints on the Waterloo campus, specifically shortfalls in student housing and classrooms, as the most significant obstacle to the continuous improvement of the SJU experience and mission.
Diamond Schmitt Architects and Graham Construction were commissioned in 2013, utilizing an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) contract, to design and construct a new 110,000-square-foot 360 bed student residence and a 30,000-square-foot academic building with approximately 900 new classroom seats. The new buildings will create a collegial environment designed to encourage and facilitate student interaction.
This project is only the second in Canada to be implemented using the IPD contract, and significant time and cost savings have been realized through the tripartite design process of client, architect and constructor working together to develop creative solutions in all aspects of project delivery.
Construction started in April of 2014 and is scheduled to be complete by the summer of 2016.