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Wilna Thomas Building Renovation

  • Client
    Camosun College
  • Location
    Lansdowne Campus, Victoria, BC
  • Size
    21,000 sq ft
  • Completion
    2022
  • Photographer
    Upper Left Photography

Overview

The Wilna Thomas Building renovation at Camosun College includes a complete transformation and upgrade of the former School of Health Sciences building on the Lansdowne campus into a contemporary student hub that is flexible, inviting, and accessible. Structural and mechanical upgrades are also part of the scope of the project.

The building became fully vacant when the School of Health and Human Services relocated to the College’s Interurban campus. This provided an opportunity to achieve campus-level space goals that elevate the academic lives of Camosun students and staff both inside and outside the classroom.

The renovation is a continuation of the Camosun Renewal Feasibility Study, which itself was based on the Campus Master Plan (both of which were completed by Thinkspace), as well as the RE-Imagine – Concept and Recommendations for the Reconfiguration of the Wilna Thomas Building by Sybil Harrison.

Thinkspace worked with Camosun and various stakeholder groups to envision this new student hub. The space will be welcoming, introducing new ideas in teaching and learning, and support the applied learning of students and staff at Camosun. The new building will also incorporate an Indigenous learning space for students to explore important elements of First Nations philosophy and culture.

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