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Update: Global Innovation Exchange building

Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing

Nov 14/12

The site of the future Global Innovation Exchange (GIE) building may look quiet, but Laurier is busy confirming details and putting the build team in place for the new home of the School of Business and Economics and the Department of Mathematics.

The drawings and specifications for the building are being finalized with architects at the firms of Diamond & Schmitt Architects and David Thompson Architect. Recent renderings can be found in the GIE photo gallery.

Laurier’s next task is to advertise for contractors to bid on the project.

“Our next big focus will involve finding a contractor for the project,” says Mark Dettweiler, director of Planning, Design and Construction at Laurier. “We’re looking for large firms with appropriate bonding and experience.”

The project is expected to go to tender in January 2013, and it should be awarded in March. Weather permitting, construction will begin shortly after the contract is in place, with the building expected to open in spring 2015.

Located on University Avenue at Laurier’s Waterloo campus, the 215,000-square foot GIE building will feature nine lecture halls, a 1,000-seat auditorium, computer and math labs, meeting rooms, faculty and administrative offices, student club support spaces and a café.

The design was updated earlier this year to convert an open outdoor courtyard into an indoor atrium. It was a significant change that extended the architectural design stage.

“The decision was made to provide additional student space,” says Dettweiler. “Having an indoor atrium rather than an outdoor courtyard also means it can be used year round.”

The university is committed to providing regular updates to the Laurier community and Waterloo residents throughout the design and construction period via the GIE project website: /gie.

Laurier announced the Campaign Cabinet for the GIE “Building Canada’s Best Business School" Nov. 8.


 

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