The Scotiabank Technology Centre is a large state-of-the-art computer facility located within the Asper School of Business’ Drake Centre at the University of Manitoba. The renovation of the existing computer lab and an adjacent classroom was completed by MMP Architects to allow for project completion that aligned to the start of the fall 2017 semester.
Renovations to the space were based on the MIT’s TEAL (Technology Enable Active Learning) teaching format that merges lectures, simulations, and hands-on experiments to create a collaborative learning experience. Achieving this style of teaching in the new space required extensive electrical coordination amongst the project team. The newly renovated facility houses 72 computer stations, which are arranged in pods of 4 to allow for collaborative group work. A centralized podium gives the instructor the ability to display relevant lecture information on the LCD monitors throughout the space, as well as on each of the student monitors, and also allows the instructor to access lighting and sound controls. A movable partition was also installed in the centre of the space to allow for part of the lab to be open to students while smaller classes are in session.
The resulting fully accessible space is flexible for instructors, students, and administration alike. The newly renovated Scotiabank Technology Centre will be a valuable space for teaching and learning for many years to come.
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