The University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and the administration initiated several construction projects to get the campus in shape for the milestone. From a new entryway at one end of campus to a major residence makeover at the other, buildings have been upgraded, grounds and infrastructure improved. Among the products helping to give the residence hall a contemporary, industrial look is woven wire mesh from W.S. Tyler.
Lambton Hall was built in 1967. The four-story dormitory houses 425 students, mostly in double rooms and with communal washrooms.
The goal was to revitalize the building – its main entry, lobby, lounges, offices and resident rooms. CS&P Architects used the existing exposed concrete structure and oak slat paneling as a basis for new, more contemporary elements such as a copper entry canopy, a new main stair, improved lighting, a vibrant color palette and an updated, barrier-free reception area.
The renovation of the lobby included a full restoration of the staircase. In addition, the wall adjacent to the stairs was clad with architectural wire mesh type EGLA-TWIN 4223. W.S. Tyler supplied the product in ready-to-install panels.
Following a year of work, the building now provides more contemporary resident rooms, including more suite-style accommodations. The woven wire mesh complements the industrial feel of the school and magnifies the clean design of the adjacent walls.