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 at 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 itself remodeled and includes a large gathering circle. Construction took place on a busy and 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 the removal and replacement of an entire façade, coupled with architectural aluminum elements and electro-chromic "smart" glass (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.