Humber College, Offices for Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism Program

With the move of numerous departments and programs to the new Learning Resource Commons at Humber College, a large amount of space across the North Campus has been freed for repurposing. This provided the opportunity to consolidate administration spaces for programs relating to Hospitality as well as the School of Recreation & Tourism. Now complete, the new offices are a rich mix of spaces that imaginatively promote collaborative creativity, productivity and community. Essential to getting this right was to clearly define with Humber, the work culture their new environment will support as well as the flexibility they will need to encourage new ways of collaborating. This is a significant change from defining where work is done to how it’s done.

As all work was to be undertaken adjacent to occupied space, possible issues during demolition and construction were identified early in the design process.  Final construction documents reflected careful scenario planning that ensured continued safe operation of surrounding areas, and provided space for construction as well as adequate access routes for students, faculty and staff.

McMichael, who was the Architect for the office project, was very much in tune with what our vision was for a new office space. His unique vision to connect the two spaces in a fluid and open concept was very well executed. Using a 3D video model to give us a virtual walk through was extremely helpful for our faculty and staff to get a real sense of the new space. It was a brilliant approach. The feedback we received from internal and external guest even a year after are very positive and the space is trend setting for the rest of Humber College.

Rudi Fischbacher, Associate Dean
School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism Humber College