An example of a successful Trent Lands Plan project, the new Student Centre on the west bank of the core campus enhances the University's celebrated student experience.
In designing the new building, architect Stephen Teeple wanted to “encapsulate the great depth and variety of interests of Trent’s diverse student body and to engage in a respectful conversation with both Ron Thom’s campus vision and the natural environment.”
Forming an organic connection to the river landscape and functioning as a connector between students, the contemporary new building is adaptable for lectures, market bazaars, informal and formal events and performances.
Now the place on campus to meet, grab an espresso, chat and collaborate, the Student Centre makes extensive use of glass throughout and an open-concept floorplan to create a connected feeling while providing stunning views of the Otonabee River. It’s a place students gravitate to, where students feel at home and love to be.
A variety of formal and informal study spaces, inside and out, add to the attraction for students. The first floor resembles a student café, with a collection of round tables, chairs and lounge furniture. From the main floor, an oversized staircase with places to plug in make it a central location for students to connect. In addition to the home of the Trent Central Student Association, the second floor features barstool study spaces that look onto the sun-soaked atrium of the building and a balcony overlooking the Otonabee. A dedicated space welcomes silent study. The third floor hosts more service and group study space. Between Stohn Hall, a two-storey lecture theatre, the Active Learning Classroom and another tiered lecture hall, the Student Centre adds 360 new seats.