SMU Inspiration Hub

The Saint Mary's Inspiration Hub will animate and re-orient the South end of the campus, in turn connecting to the Sobey School of Business and Loyola Academic Buildings. The $43 million capital investment will provide new learning spaces and foster innovative multidisciplinary work, bringing together SMU’s 6,600+ students, professors, and researchers from all the university’s faculties: Arts, Science, Graduate Studies and the Sobey School of Business.

The expansion, managed by EllisDon Atlantic, will be a catalyst for superior interdisciplinary learning and applied research that will boost activity in entrepreneurship and data analytics for the benefit of our students and drive prosperity and resilience in our home province and region.  Future visitors will find a large collaborative gathering space, the university art gallery, a new home for the Saint Mary’s Entrepreneurship Centre, research centres, retail labs, maker spaces, project studios, and dedicated rooms for student societies.

Another highlight was the removal of the concrete facade of the south-facing wall of the 22-storey Loyola Residence Tower in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The concrete panels were replaced with with solar panels and is now the tallest solar-integrated building in North America. 

Photography by Jeff Cooke