After more than three years in the making, MacEwan University opened the doors of its newest building. The grand opening of Allard Hall on September 27 was a chance to celebrate with students, staff, faculty, alumni and members of the local community.
Check out this photo gallery to get a peek at some of our new spaces.
Allard Hall was designed by the late, world-renowned architect Bing Thom along with Edmonton design firm Manasc Isaac. “The fundamental values of society exist in arts and culture," said Bing. "Your values reside in your head, but arts and culture reside in your heart; and when you bring your heart and head together, you achieve great things.”
The building carries the Allard name in recognition of the Allard family's long-standing support of MacEwan and of their most recent gift that will provide student scholarships and bursaries.
Dance hall days
The new dance studios provide a sunny space for Theatre Arts students to cut footloose.
Expect the unexpected
"When Bing Thom designed this building, he wanted to create an area where students could hang out and where unexpected activities could happen," says Allan Gilliland, dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications.
Green with envy
Allard Hall is itself a work of art. From vivid green splashes to bright, natural light streaming in from windows, this creative environment wraps itself around you and won't let go.
The next great music venue
Stellar acoustics and a warm, sophisticated setting make the Betty Andrews Recital Hall a great live music venue. Specialists in sound, performance lighting and audio/visual communication were consulted throughout design and construction to ensure a quality performance space.
Oh, the places you'll go
Allard Hall's distinct architecture inspires students to explore their creativity and curiosity.
"Nest" spaces encourage students to stop, listen and collaborate. “We have no idea what’s going to happen with these spaces when students arrive in the building," says Allan. "We’re just making them available and we will see. It would be really great if students from faculties across the university bumped into each other and shared ideas to inspire others—all because they met on a nest.”
"Triffo Theatre has been designed brilliantly," says Jim Guedo, associate professor in the Theatre Arts program. "When you walk on stage and look out, it feels so intimate and yet has such beautiful breathing space.”
Best seat in the house
No matter where you sit in Triffo Theatre, you're going to have an incredible view, and the new fly gallery equipment is sure to help the theatre students put on memorable shows.
Let loose in the theatre lab
Desire a more intimate theatre-going experience? The theatre lab offers flexible seating and staging arrangements, inviting students to let loose their creativity with unique performance and production styles.