The DARE (Discovery, Applied Research and Entrepreneurship) District at Algonquin College in Ottawa is a new centre for learning, innovation and entrepreneurship that features state-of-the-art collaborative environments with an emphasis on the sharing and embracing of Indigenous knowledge.
The 80,000-square-foot program consists of newly built and renovated space at the heart of the campus. It features a new library in a double-height third floor addition with a dramatic mass timber and steel structure with exposed undulating glulam beams that serve as an expression of the sustainable goals of this LEED Gold registered facility.
The ground floor includes the Indigenous Commons and Gathering Circle, a large event space and collaborative work area in a single-storey infill addition that opens onto a courtyard. The second level has incubator and makerspaces designed to foster partnerships between students and local businesses and the Institute for Indigenous Entrepreneurship.
The DARE District promotes interaction among these distinct but interconnected components with a three-storey atrium and feature stair running along a glass wall façade with glazing that tints automatically in response to exterior conditions to control glare and solar heat gain on the west and east elevations.