REGENT COLLEGE EXPANSION
Grout McTavish Architecture
Brad McTavish (Principal), Toshi Suzuki
Grout McTavish was engaged by Regent College to seek planning approval for a 74,000sf expansion to their facility in the University Endowment lands, in order to meet the need for student housing and further enhance their academic and continuing studies program.
The Regent College expansion will create a mixed used development. The design is comprised of a two-storey plinth with flanking one-storey residential wings designed around a central courtyard, which is ringed with academic, and retail uses. The footprint of the College expansion was developed around the precedent of a classical academic quadrangle and reconfigured to allow for lower level retail uses to be incorporated in the design while providing terraces and direct pedestrian-friendly access to the rental housing on the upper floors. The resulting design proposal further the promotion a human scale and pedestrian-friendly atmosphere through the use of its open courtyard, active streetscapes along Wesbrook and Western Parkway with narrow retail frontages, rain protection, and generous tree planting.