Preserving the past while building for the future
Welcome to 2375 College Avenue. Designing with the historic neighbouring buildings in mind, our building steps back to ensure the original campus buildings are celebrated and remain the feature of the site. The design’s proportions, materials and architectural expression are inspired by the heritage buildings.
Located west of Darke Hall, and east to the soon to be realigned Wascana Drive, this 80,000 square foot building will create a space for Conexus corporate staff as well as include a shared atrium with Darke Hall, Business Incubator and public amenities on the main floor.
More than 20% of the building will be shared, public space. Inside the space, you’ll be able to grab a coffee or light snack at the main floor café and utilize public washrooms and water fountains while taking a walk in the park.
The new College Avenue and Wascana Drive intersection will be straightened and signaled making it much safer for pedestrians and creating a welcoming gateway into the park. No new surface parking lots will be created for this building and Conexus will be renting parking spots from the University’s existing parking, which will be available for the public to use outside business hours on evening and weekends.
Darke Hall is a cultural and heritage landmark in Saskatchewan and the building’s link is a crucial piece of the Conexus building design. Linking through a shared atrium, Darke Hall will now be accessible, allowing everyone to enjoy a performance. The expanded lobby and crush space will enhance the patron experience, providing a space to mingle during performance intermissions and more. Additionally, the Darke Hall link can also serve as a winter garden, public gathering space and a presentation venue.
Building adjacent to Darke Hall enables us to help the University by creating a shared atrium for Darke Hall and allowing the university to save an estimated additional $10 million on infrastructure, maintenance and utilities like shared heating/cooling infrastructure.
The Business Incubator is the first-of-its-kind in Regina and will support in the developing and mentoring of Saskatchewan entrepreneurs. It will be located on the north side of the building, occupying portions of the ground and second floor levels. Collaboration will be emphasized through interior design concepts such as openness and flexible work spaces.
The building concept for the Conexus building seamlessly blends the inside and outside to form an accessible and innovative addition to the evolution and revitalization of Regina’s College Avenue Campus. Similar to the original structures of the historic College Avenue Campus, the exterior building design of the Conexus Office Building utilizes a consistent approach and materiality for all building façades.
The driving concept of the building is “the pavilion in the park, and a park in the pavilion”. Key features throughout the three-storey building will create warmth and connection to the park.
Dr. McKay and Dr. Elmer Brenner, Members of Regina’s Art & Culture Community
Lorne Scott, Past Chair, Friends of Wascana Marsh
Offstreet, local start-up company