Algonquin College's DARE (Discovery, Applied Research, and Entrepreneurship) District on the Woodroffe Campus consists of both renovations and new construction. Renovations and a seismic upgrade were completed on the existing library across 25,000 square feet and two levels. A third floor was added to the library, with a feature ceiling made of Nail-Laminated Timber (wood panels composed of ordinary lengths of lumber set on edge and nailed together). A 5,500-square-foot, one-story addition connects the library to the adjacent "Building C" tower. The courtyard bordered by the new and renovated facilities has been renovated and includes a large gathering circle. Construction took place within a busy operational college campus.
The new construction consists of a combination of cast-in-place concrete, structural steel, and timber structural elements. New design features include removal and replacement of an entire façade, coupled with architectural aluminum elements and Dynamic Glazing (providing solar control within the facility). The project was built to LEED Gold certification standards.
DARE District includes a new Library and Learning Centre, an Indigenous Commons, a Makerspace, and a Cyber-Security Centre. The facility will contain training and test facilities for high-demand job sectors, a multimedia production facility, expanded Applied Research and Innovation programs, and Indigenous entrepreneurship projects—and will, as well, serve as a multidisciplinary space for students, faculty, researchers, and businesses.