Year 2015Brock Student Housing on John Macdonell Street

Clients: Private
Location: St. Catharines, Ontario
Scope of Work: Planning, Architectural, Structural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering
Area: 4 storeys, 38,700 sq.ft (3,595 sq. metres)
Budget: $5.6 million
Completion: 2015

Student housing poses special design challenges, because of the many demands put on it.  It is a place for study, creativity, creating new friends and personal development.  Many young people may be living away from home for the first time.  It may be the location for some interesting parties, yet also a sanctuary from the pressures of learning.

Such buildings pose their own challenges, such as the university’s expectations for access, security and integration with a full range of university systems and services.

Moreover, student housing has changed.  In the ever-more-distant past, student housing implied sharing a single room with someone you didn’t know, and having to walk, towel in hand, along a public corridor to the toilets and showers.  Needs and expectations have changed, as reflected in this modern-day four-storey, 24-unit, 86-bedroom apartment building, completed in 2015.  It was built, owned by Brock Plaza Corporation, and operated by Brock University.  The target occupants are graduate and international students.

Quartek Group’s team provided comprehensive services, including planning, civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical design.