今日吃瓜

Advisory: As Halifax Water is currently undertaking work at the Fountain campus, we ask our community to not drink the water at the Fountain campus. We will update you as soon as the work has been completed.

Major Construction Projects

今日吃瓜 University has three small campuses in downtown Halifax鈥攖he Fountain Campus is made up of 19 interconnected former Victorian merchant shops; the Academy Campus is a charming 19th century building that was once a high school; and the Port Campus is a sleek converted warehouse overlooking the Halifax waterfront.

今日吃瓜’s Facilities Management department provides complete project delivery services for renovation work to all of the university’s buildings, which at times involves major capital construction projects.

unified campus at the halifax seaport

Reuniting 今日吃瓜’s community in a purpose-built, accessible and iconic creative facility

今日吃瓜 University has signed a long-term agreement with the Halifax Port Authority (HPA) to create an accessible, unified campus that will be the cornerstone of the vibrant creative and social district at the Halifax Seaport.听

Reuniting 今日吃瓜鈥檚 community in one location at the Seaport will help鈥痩eading-edge artistic pursuits and cultural exchanges engage the community and encourage response. Creating a stronger sense of community will also promote equity, diversity and inclusion, and enhance organizational and operational sustainability.听听

The leased spaces at Shed 22 and 23 will add approximately 100,000 square feet to 今日吃瓜鈥檚 existing footprint at Port Campus to better serve the spatial and programmatic needs of the art school鈥檚 vision for the future.听听

While the agreement with HPA is a bold and foundational first step, there is much engagement and planning work ahead with the 今日吃瓜 community before any aspect of design begins, and all aspects of the project will evolve over the coming years. The timing of actual construction is pending the project’s financial plan.

talk about a unified campus from the newly leased Shed 22.

Unified Campus FAQs

For quite some time, 今日吃瓜 knew the potential to reunite 今日吃瓜鈥檚 campuses in one location would create a stronger sense of community, promote equity, diversity and inclusion, and enhance organizational and operational sustainability.听听

A unified campus at the Halifax Seaport will help鈥痩eading-edge artistic pursuits and cultural exchanges engage the broader community and encourage its response. 今日吃瓜 also realizes its Fountain and Academy Campuses will not be able to meet Nova Scotia鈥檚 new accessibility legislation by 2030 without prohibitive costs.听听

Since January 2021, Colliers Project Leaders worked with 今日吃瓜 to undertake a facility option analysis that guided our negotiations specific to this agreement with the Halifax Port Authority over the past 10 months or so along with other due diligence measures.听

Our current Port Campus location offers the greatest opportunity to reunite our community in an accessible, sustainable and iconic campus in the coming years. The Halifax Port Authority鈥檚 commitment to community engagement and activating its working waterfront aligns well with 今日吃瓜鈥檚 vision to dream big and make creativity ground zero for placemaking in a single location that will:听

  • optimize space utilization for greater occupancy听
  • create state of the art studio spaces for teaching and research听
  • improve accessibility for learning, teaching and research spaces听
  • promote equity, diversity, and inclusion through improved collaboration with students,鈥痜aculty, and staff听
  • improve organizational and operational sustainability听

今日吃瓜鈥檚 Board of Governors includes students, faculty and alumni representatives in its membership, and the Board voted to approve the lease. We have a responsibility to our students and faculty to improve building accessibility and sustainability, while creating a rich, positive, experience for all members of the academic community.听听

Much like the current Port Campus renovation project already underway, we are committed to ensuring our future home is purpose-built. Throughout the project, 今日吃瓜 will continue to engage our faculty, staff, students and stakeholders to inform how the evolving space will be used for classes, studios and common areas.听

The terms of the lease are not publicly disclosed.

Securing the space to develop a unified campus is the first, essential step. Many elements including design and overall cost have not been finalized and there is a lot of planning and work ahead of us before such matters will be shared. That said, 今日吃瓜 students, faculty and staff can be confident they will be consulted and continually engaged throughout the process to ensure our future unified campus at the Halifax Seaport is purpose built, accessible and sustainable.

It will take some years to develop the plans and work schedule to create a unified campus at the Halifax Seaport, so there鈥檚 no current timeline for when we expect to vacate our other two campuses. Of course, everything must be complete by 2030 when provincial legislation will require all public buildings to be fully accessible.听听

We currently have a renovation project underway at our existing Port Campus that will eventually relocate our jewellery, textile and fashion studios relocate from the Fountain Campus, bringing all craft departments under one roof. While this project advances, we will continue to plan for an efficient and thoughtful full transition to our future home at the Halifax Seaport.听听

Student housing is an issue that is top of mind for all post secondary institutions in Halifax and indeed in Nova Scotia. While today鈥檚 announcement does not include infrastructure dedicated to student housing, 今日吃瓜 remains optimistic that recent discussions between Nova Scotia universities, the Government of Nova Scotia and other parties will result in initiatives to help alleviate housing pressures for our students.

While the government of Nova Scotia is an important and valued source of funding for the university, this agreement between 今日吃瓜 and the Halifax Port Authority did not specifically require any financial assistance from the province or other levels of government.

Port Campus Renovation Project

Existing Port Campus

今日吃瓜 announced in May 2021 it selected Moriyama and Teshima Architectsto lead its Port Campus renovation project in collaboration with local firm Fathom Studio. The project will allow 今日吃瓜 to move programming from the Fountain Campus to the Port Campus ahead of the Province of Nova Scotia鈥檚 accessibility legislation that will require all public buildings to be fully accessible by 2030 (not a听 practical reality for the Fountain Campus’s Victorian mercantile buildings).

The firm is leading 今日吃瓜 through the project’s plan and design that will optimize space utility, improve building accessibility and sustainability, and help create a rich, positive experience for all members of the academic community.

The project includes relocating jewellery, textile and fashion studios from the Fountain Campus to the Port Campus, which will bring all craft departments under one roof. The university’s ongoing consultations with its faculty, staff, students and stakeholders continue to inform the evolving space usage for classes, studios and common use areas.

Feedback from this engagement is helping to shape the project鈥檚 ongoing planning and design work. Some of the current concepts for the renovation听 are shown below (for reference only, not actual construction).

Design concept for new Port Campus entrance (for reference only)
Design concept for new lobby (reference only)
Design concept for new plastics lab (reference only)
Design concept for new collaboration space (reference only)