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name strives to support the history and tradition of the surrounding residence buildings while providing a meaningful historical reference within the local community.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:

  • 539 beds
  • 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.”

New Residence Video Tour