The renovation of the University of Manitoba’s Albert D. Cohen Management Library, located within the Drake Centre of the Asper School of Business, was completed by MMP Architects in the Spring of 2017. As Prime Consultant, MMP worked closely with the University of Manitoba Libraries, the Asper School of Business, and the University of Manitoba Physical Plant to transform the existing library into a welcoming learning commons for students, staff, and faculty.
As part of the transformation, the University removed the majority of their physical collection, choosing instead to digitize the content. The space savings from removing the physical archives allowed our team to create a collaborative environment that encourages participatory learning and understanding from a variety of sources. A number of learning and teaching spaces are now housed within the library including private powered study pods, bookable group study rooms with integrated technologies, soft seating options, open desk spaces, as well as a public teaching space where school of business classes can be taught.
Working within the constraints of a tight budget and with multiple stakeholders, MMP and our team of consultants were able to provide our clients with a bright and welcoming learning space for all.
Albert D. Cohen Management Library Project Team
Principal Architect: Chris Daly
Managing Architect: Marty Kuilman
Lead Architect / Contract Administration: Kristin Szuminsky
Lead Interior Designer: Jessica Kost
Technician: Tam Nguyen