case Studies

Western University Indigenous Learning & Research Centre

Project Overview

As part of their Indigenous Strategic Plan to elevate Indigenous voices and agency, Western University is repurposing their distinctive circular library into an all-important Indigenous learning and gathering space. Re-defining the space aims to enhance the feeling of support and safety for Indigenous students and set them up for success in their studies. With its domed roof and rounded walls, the distinct circular library is reflective of Indigenous ways of knowing and how we gather and are all interconnected.

Transformed for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to come together and learn about Indigenous culture and traditions, the centre will have a gathering area, mezzanine and teaching/classroom spaces. The outdoor space will also include a classroom, a ceremonial space and a relocated Indigenous food and medicine garden.

MTE’s Involvement

Working with Architects Tillmann Ruth Robinson on this important project, our team is providing civil engineering and surveying services throughout the redevelopment of the three-storey structure.

In advance of the redevelopment, our survey team joined the project to produce a topographic plan of the site. Our civil engineering team was then brought on to complete the detailed grading, servicing and stormwater management design. The site is currently under construction and is set for completion this year.

Our team is grateful to have had the opportunity to contribute to the redevelopment of a space that will not only encourage Indigenous learning and recognition, but also help foster partnerships and reconciliation.