|CLIENT:||University of Manitoba|
|CONSULTANT:||LM Architectural Group|
|CONTRACT TYPE:||Stipulated Sum|
|Project VALUE:||$55,000,000 (Phases 2 & 3)|
|Project SIZE:||18,210 sq. m. (13,380 sq. m. Taché Hall & 4,830 sq. m. new music addition)|
Bird completed phase two of the renovation and adaptive re-use of the
100-year-old Taché Residence Hall. Built in 1912, the building has two four-storey
wings and a central block. The brick, limestone detailing, cornices and columns
have all been restored, along with the central entrance flanked by twin block
towers. The original terrazzo flooring in the corridors has been restored, as well
as original embossed wall panelling and crown mouldings for the glass-enclosed
music library and listening room.
Balancing the restoration and new construction provided the team with many unique challenges including replacing the mechanical and electrical systems to ensure the building’s code compliance. All radiant heat was removed and replaced with individual fan coil units in each room. Similarly, the electrical services were non-compliant and required a new power supply and switchgear to power the redevelopment.
Affected by many unknown conditions, Bird worked closely with the design team to investigate the issues as they arose and provided imaginative solutions, while still maintaining the original design intent. Bird is currently working on the third phase, the Desautels Faculty of Music, a new 4,830 m2 addition. It contains custom-designed spaces for band, orchestra, choir, opera and electro-acoustical programs.