University Centre

Completed in 1974 the University Centre was designed by Hancock, Little and Calvert. It serves as a major hub of the campus. The building contains the main administrative functions of the university including the President’s Office as well as student services and the main campus cafeteria. There was an earlier scheme by Sert, Jackson and Associates Inc. (with Hancock, Little and Calvert Associates) that was not constructed due to cost and funding issues, which may explain the later construction date compared to the other major concrete buildings. The exterior of the building is a relatively straightforward interplay of exposed cast-in-place floor slabs and stair towers (finished in béton brut) infilled with precast panels. Two banks of upper level offices enclose a large interior atrium, which is a remarkable, multi-storey top-lit space complete with cast-in-place open staircases and concrete wall panels in primary colours.