An Exciting Season of Building at King's
Construction for King’s Academic Enrichment Centre (AEC) begins this spring!
At 2,800 sq ft, the project will re-purpose space on either side of the existing library and include a new writing centre, testing facility, work room, meeting room, and group study areas. The AEC will also house new individual study space, King’s existing academic skills programs, and support and accessibility services.
A curved, wood-clad corridor will provide access to these new spaces and the library. New offices and meeting areas are designed to take advantage of natural light. Timeless and durable materials will be used throughout the space—with the use of natural materials and tones—intended to set a new precedent at King’s for thoughtful and simple design.
The centre is expected to be open in time for the 2019–20 academic year.
An Extra Helping of Community
“So much community happens around good food and good friends,” says King’s president, Dr. Melanie Humphreys.
This summer, the King’s cafeteria is slated for a significant renovation. The idea is to begin applying the contemporary design principles planned for the AEC to other spaces on campus.
Plans feature a wide range of soft, fixed seating—booths, banquettes, bar top seating, and long tables—allowing for short drop-in visits and longer study sessions. Clearer circulation and way-finding will reduce congestion and confusion in the cafeteria space, making it a place students will want to be in and walk through.
Humphreys continues, “The cafeteria at King’s has always been a place where lifetime friendships are formed and critical dialogues happen. A refresh of this important place ensures community can continue to happen here to its fullest.”