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Building for tomorrow


New spaces invite collaboration and innovation

The SHIFT Centre for Social Transformation opened on the street level of the J.W. McConnell Building. It welcomes researchers, students and community-builders to inspire and learn from each other. “This new space was created to scale up and amplify our impact by welcoming diverse people, institutions, ideas and expertise for participatory research, experiential learning and project development,” says Anne Whitelaw, provost and vice-president, academic.

A woman sits in an open-concept work space that contains kitchen facilities

The university also received a number of impressive certifications for its buildings in 2021-22: 

  • The Canada Green Building Council recognized the Applied Science Hub with a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold
  • The Building Owners and Managers Association’s Québec Building Energy Challenge recognized university structures for their greenhouse gas reductions:
    • The John Molson Building earned a Diamond Distinction — the highest distinction — in the education and laboratory category
    • The Guy-De Maisonneuve Building, Jesuit Residence, Grey Nuns Residence and Z, M and B annexes received a platinum ranking
    • The Visual Arts Building won a silver ranking
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