The University of Waterloo just announced that the New Residence Building, which opened to students in September, has officially been named Claudette Millar Hall.
MORe is very excited to have played a critical role as the Principal Architect in bringing this building to life. This time-lapse video of the residence illustrates the construction project that was designed to use insulated concrete forms to advance the work at a rapid pace.
The following is the press release information as provided by the University of Waterloo:
“The residence is located in the heart of UW Place, and the name strives to support the history and tradition of the surrounding residence buildings while providing a meaningful historical reference within the local community. Claudette Millar Hall is named to profile a woman for her leadership and contributions to our local community. The two existing towers at UWP are named after men for their historical contributions to our region. Minota Hagey was the first residence on-campus named after a woman .
Best known for her political career, Millar became the first mayor of the City of Cambridge in 1974, a position she held for the next 10 years. In the late 1980s, Millar went on to become a member of the Ontario Municipal Board and travelled across the province hearing appeals on planning issues and assessments. In 2003, Millar was elected to the position of Regional councilor, representing Cambridge, and held this role until late 2014.
The name, Claudette Millar Hall, was approved by Senate Executive Committee, Senate, Buildings & Properties Committee, and Board of Governors. Waterloo Residences also received feedback from approximately 50 Waterloo Residences Staff, 20 Waterloo Residences Student Staff, and the Feds Executive team.
Built with community in mind, the new building was purposefully designed to maximize interactions, providing students with multiple spaces to study and socialize, creating a welcoming, comfortable and vibrant community where students feel at home. With its amenities serving all residents of the greater UW Place community, Claudette Millar Hall has become the hub of the UW Place community.
Features of Claudette Millar Hall include:
16 full bathrooms per floor
5 lounges on each floor
Moveable furniture to promote personalization of space
Rooms are carpet free to help minimize indoor allergens
Electronic controlled access to each floor
Claudette Millar Hall will be open for tours during the Fall Open House on Saturday, November 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.”