WLU Indigenous Student Centre

Type: Indigenous

Address: Waterloo, Ontario

WLU Indigenous Student Centre

Private - Student Centre

The Indigenous Student Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University fosters a positive student experience for Indigenous students: First Nation (status and non-status), Inuit and Métis persons. Students can access academic or personal support, financial assistance or career advice. The office also provides access to traditional medicines and welcomes students to regularly held gatherings, feasts and traditional ceremonies.

Element5 was proud to be part of the team that helped Wilfrid Laurier University turn their historic Lucinda House into the new Nadjiwan Kaandossiwin Gamik (Beautiful Place of Learning) Indigenous Student Centre. The bright and welcoming mass timber addition to the heritage building helps facilitate effective delivery of student services, enables larger gatherings for public programming, and provides greater accessibility to the building.

This project incorporated Rib panels (a form of our BOXX panel) for the roof of the structure, delivering strength, stability, and high load-bearing capacity at a fraction of the weight of competing materials. These structurally efficient, engineered mass timber components add significant value to projects because they can achieve long, clear spans with less material.  Rib panels can be installed quickly and cost-effectively using regular tools and a small assembly crew.

About WLU Indigenous Student Centre

Architect / Designer

Waterloo, ON


Cost consulting, Design consulting, Shop drawings, Supply of Mass Timber Structure (including CLT and Rib Panels) and connections, Coordination of transportation


Farrow Structural Engineering


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