Lazaridis Hall – the new home of the Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) School of Business and Economics, the Department of Mathematics, the Lazaridis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises, and the Schlegel Centre for Entrepreneurship – officially opened on Wednesday, May 24th in Waterloo, Ontario. A key piece of the WLU Campus Master Plan, the official opening ceremony of this striking building included numerous speakers and community leaders, including the new building’s namesake, technology entrepreneur and philanthropist Mike Lazaridis.
“This spectacular building and facility is so important,” said Lazaridis at the event. “Its impressive scale, state-of-the-art classrooms, high-tech facilities and well-thought-out functionality shows our enormous commitment to [the students'] education and their careers.”
(Above): Wilfrid Laurier University Official Opening Video
Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architecture, this four-storey building includes student space, computer labs, administrative areas, lecture halls, and even a broadcast facility. The project also includes a sweeping, two-level, 1,000-seat auditorium and multi-level atrium space.
(Above, left to right): Mike Lazaridis addresses the crowd at the official opening ceremony on April 24th; street-level view of the new Lazaridis Hall at WLU.
Targeting LEED Gold, Lazaridis Hall stands as a testament to the University’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. “It’s an important symbol that shows how serious we are about recruiting and training them here,” said Lazaridis. “It helps us compete on a global scale.
Smith + Andersen is proud to have provided mechanical, electrical, communications, and lighting expertise for this project. For more information on our role on this monumental building, check out the PROJECT PAGE.
To read the full WLU press release on this exciting event, CLICK HERE.