Location: Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada
Size: 23,000 sq. ft.
Photo Credit: Douglas Little Photography
In 2017, Providence University College suffered the loss of their Bergen Hall dormitory to fire. Following this devastating loss, Grant Design Group, along with collaborators pico ARCHITECTURE, were engaged to design its new incarnation, Muriel Taylor Hall. Completed in 2019, the project utilized a full 3D design process with all members of the consultant team using building information modelling (BIM).
This 3-storey building includes 2 staff apartments, community, office, and classroom space on the main floor as well as two full upper floors of dormitories. The design focuses on flexibility of use and encouraging community. For example, each room is designed to be both a single or double room and every dormitory wing includes dedicated gathering spaces. The floors area also designed to allow the facility to be used both during the regular school year as a women’s dormitory and during the summer months to house a variety of visitors including both male and/or female camp participants. Finally, the main floor gathering space, The Hub, is the community centre of the facility. Featuring a stone fireplace, acoustical sound baffles, flat screen TVs, a contemporary kitchen area, and soft seating throughout, it is the heart & soul of the project.