The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and the David Eccles School of Business announced plans in April 2014 for an incredible new building for student entrepreneurs and innovators.
The building, called the Lassonde Studios, will house more than 400 unique student residences and 20,000 square feet of “garage” space where students can build a prototype, attend an event or launch a company. It will be the place where students “Live. Create. Launch.”
A collaborative process between the design team, university leadership, student housing, business school representatives and members of the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute led to extensive design experimentation and the eventual creation of this new type of learning building. Flexible spaces – from the housing lofts and sleeping pods to the startup “garage” space – allow the building to be as nimble as a startup with a flexible grid system allowing the university to reconfigure rooms and expand the garage as student needs change.