Robert G Kuhn Centre at Trinity Western University
The Robert G. Kuhn Centre at Trinity Western University (TWU) is the new home of the university’s school of business and TWU GLOBAL, an international online degree program. The design was informed by TWU’s desire for a new gateway building at the campus entry that would set the standard for future teaching and learning spaces. It is the first major project on campus in nearly 40 years.
The solution to the design challenge that emerged out of vision and needs sessions was a light-filled, four-storey mass timber structure with a mix of formal and informal learning spaces to accommodate an ever-evolving student population. Classrooms vary in size and are set up for both traditional and experiential learning that takes place in groups. They are supported with administrative and programmable space, as well as extensive student life space, all of which will transform the institution into a top-tier business school.
A mass timber structure was selected to promote biophilia and enhance the well-being of occupants, as well as ensure the construction schedule. The project will achieve LEED® Gold equivalency thanks to the use of renewable materials, daylighting strategies, a highly efficient envelope, and a thermal chimney created by the four-storey atrium.