The Faculty of Science's Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) is a vibrant environment for learning and discovery. The first of its kind in Canada, and one of just a handful around the world, CCIS represents an interdisciplinary approach that facilitates the cross-fertilization of ideas and techniques as never before. Established scientists interact with a new generation of world-class researchers and outstanding students, sharing sophisticated tools and state-of-the-art facilities. At over 562,000 square feet, this signature building is a stunning combination of architecture, function, and sustainable design. The building has achieved LEED Silver certification.
New lecture halls and teaching labs provide an unprecedented learning experience, opening the doors of opportunity for 1,100 more undergraduate students and 500 more graduate students. Over 140 custom, focused primary research labs support the research efforts of the faculty and post-grad population.
This large, highly complex project provided some unique challenges, which PCL addressed within the original schedule and to the delight of the client. PCL worked with a multinational design team led by a specialist from Wisconsin. The resulting iconic architecture married four separate building blocks, built on a common two-story base and connected by a sculpted open atrium with 13 building connections. All adjoining buildings remained operational throughout construction and resulted in an extremely constrained building site. A wide variety of building techniques and extensive quality control methods were employed, and PCL worked closely with the design team to create unique workable solutions to the satisfaction of the client.