St. Francis Xavier Gerald Schwartz School of Business
St. Francis Xavier Gerald Schwartz School of Business
St. Francis Xavier Gerald Schwartz School of Business

St. Francis Xavier Gerald Schwartz School of Business

ANTIGONISH, NOVA SCOTIA

CLIENT:ST. FRANCIS XAVIER UNITVERSITY
CONSULTANT:SHORE TILBE PERKIN & WILL ARCHITECTURAL
CONTRACT TYPE:DESIGN-BUILD
Project VALUE:$26,000,000
Project SIZE:100,000 SQ. FT
DURATION:16 MONTHS
LEED CERTIFICATION LEVEL:GOLD
AWARDS:CANADIAN DESIGN-BUILD INSTITUTE NATIONAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN CONSTRUCTION 2ND PLACE
St. Francis Xavier Gerald Schwartz School of Business

The Gerald Schwartz School of Business project included the renovation of a former science building and a 20,000 square foot addition. Bird fast-tracked the project with an aggressive schedule necessitating a participatory design process that brought the project team together with university stakeholders in a series of design workshops.

Challenged by introducing a new building program into a 50-year-old facility, the limited floor-to-floor space threatened to reduce valuable ceiling height due to the new mechanical and electrical systems. By installing 77 heat pumps throughout the building, the team was able to reduce the need for large duct runs; therefore, in larger teaching spaces, air distribution was achieved using a plenum system rather than the typical duct work. In turn, this also allowed a higher finished ceiling height.

St. Francis Xavier Gerald Schwartz School of Business
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