University of Windsor Science, Research and Innovation Facility
The new Science Research and Innovation Facility (SRIF) will be a crystalline showcase for flexible, functional and innovative research at the University of Windsor. Visible from the campus to the east and the Ambassador Bridge to the west, the building will appear as a floating beacon of the creativity and innovation happening within with floor-to-ceiling glazing providing direct views into meeting and research spaces. The custom fritted glass fins feature vertical patterns inspired by nature create a shimmering effect, making the SRIF stand out as an attractor.
The design was inspired by the desire to merge the dense work of science with the welcoming, collegiate and natural environment of the University. The lab spaces feature large highly functional, unobstructed floor plates to create flexible and open working areas. The design goes further to merge with classrooms and teaching labs, and will be a creative place where industry and academia work together. Immersed in a unifying gesture and architectural expression – ‘lab’ and ‘collab’ will exist together to create the required synergy for scientific research.
The entrance vestibule opens directly to the core of the building –an interconnected 3-storey, full-height ‘hive’ space. The ‘hive’ serves as a circulation core between SRIF and Essex Hall. With seven levels of differing floor heights, the hive allows the floor plates to meet and the various meeting rooms to hover over each other in a wood-lined social ‘tree hive.’
Amico is the design-builder and site works contractor for the 3-storey, 48,859 SF above grade building, which includes one additional partial story below grade and a mechanical penthouse above. Amico also self-performed all site preparation, servicing and performed all concrete superstructure requirements.
Scope of services: all earthworks, mechanical, electrical, interior finishes, exterior envelope, completed the site servicing and pavement around the building.