Meeting notes - March 16 ARC meeting
March 23, 2015

Consultations began between the Academic Resource Committee and architect Eugene Pieczonka of Lydon Lynch Architects on how to proceed with re-invigorating the Fountain Campus. The focus of the session was to discuss the project schedule, budget and four key scenarios of how the project could proceed. 

The pre-design process of the project has begun and consists of researching and consulting with students, faculty and staff. The architect plans on holding individual meetings with each department over the next coming weeks to gather as much information as possible.

The project budget was broken down into soft costs and construction budget. Soft costs include: Professional fees, building permit and HRM fees, miscellaneous expenses, contingency, furniture and A/v equipment.

“We’re working with broad brushstrokes right now, these scenarios are meant to start the conversation,” said Mr. Pieczonka.

The four potential scenarios focused on the square footage of each potential renovation area, breaking down the size of and potential of each space. Note that the amount of square footage renovated will be determined by need and community priorities, not all footage with be renovated.

  • Scenario one: Renovating the Anna Leonowens Gallery (2,700), creating a Learning Commons (2,250), upgrading the Student Lounge (1,825), Entrance (450), Library (renovate basement, 1 & 3 floors) (5,800), total = 13,025 square feet
  • Scenario two: Renovating the Anna Leonowens Gallery (2,700), creating a Learning Commons (2,250), upgrading the Student Lounge (1,825), building a new Entrance & Creativity Lounge (2,450), Library (renovate 1 & 3) (3,800), total = 13,025 square feet
  • Scenario three: Renovating the Anna Leonowens Gallery (2,700), upgrading the Student Lounge (1,825), Entrance (450), creating a combined Library & Learning Commons (8, 050), total = 13,025 square feet
  • Scenario four: Renovating the Anna Leonowens Gallery (a portion to remain) (1,200), creating a Learning Commons (2,250), Student Lounge (1,825), building an Entrance & New Gallery (2,450), Library (3,800), total = 11,525 square feet

“I look forward to working on this project as it moves forward,” said Mr. Pieczonka. “It is important, at this time, to accomplish as much as we can.”

Sharon Johnson-Legere, VP of Finance, emphasized the importance on not losing momentum on this project and asked committee members if they’d sign on to be part of the “Architectural Design: Student Experience Project Advisory Group.”  The group will meet on Tuesdays from 12 noon to 1 p.m., from early May to late August. Please email Maureen Halstead, mhalstead@nscad.ca if interested in participating and if available during the summer months.

If individuals or groups wish to meet with the architect to discuss the renovations please email, Anne Masterson at amasterson@nscad.ca for an appointment.