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Project University Commons Location Edmonton, AB Completion 2022 Size 40,600 m2 Client University of Alberta Project Type Concept Share this project:

University Commons

A modern nexus of activity and learning.

GEC is currently completing work on the new University Commons, formerly known as the Dentistry Pharmacy Building Core and Shell Redevelopment. Originally constructed in 1922, the Dentistry and Pharmacy Building is a well-known, publicly visible, historic building in Edmonton that has outlived its expected life cycle. As such, this facility features significant rehabilitation, renovation and redevelopment opportunities through an adaptive re-use approach in the context of Edmonton’s urban fabric.

The scope of the current work focuses on the core and shell. As such, the planning and design approach for the core and shell is flexible and adaptive to multiple potential occupancy scenarios over the life of the building. In recognition of an evolving dynamics of a post-secondary institution, the project team developed five categories of spaces to guide the design, including University Public Realm, Student Success, Office, Special Character, and Support Services. These Space Types provide a basic framework for the blocking & stacking for the purposes of the core and shell design. The project is targeting LEED Silver certification and includes rooftop and facade integrated PV arrays, high-efficiency mechanical systems and a triple glazed envelope.


Year Award Organization
2022 Interior Lighting Award, 2022 Northern Lighting Awards Illuminating Engineering Society, Edmonton Section


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