University Square covered by its marquis tent
University Square

University Square will offer a green space at the heart of campus with additional installations to accommodate medium-size events.


University Square is open - where's the "green"?

You can't see much yet, but the square is surrounded by 52 trees, 579 shrubs, and 720 ornamental grasses and perennials. They’ve just been planted, however, so whereas the shrubs will achieve maturity in the next two or three years, some of the trees will be growing for the next ten or twenty before they look like in the rendering - just give them a chance to grow. In the meantime, the square and its tent will be used for various events.

What tent?

A marquis event tent chosen for University Square is a 5-saddle, Saddle Span-type tent. This tent has been purchased by the university with 5 independent saddles, connected with a central tarp, and comes with removable side walls and porticos, complete with aluminum framed doors to provide for entrances and exits as per code requirements.

What will the tent be used for and what is the capacity?

This tent could be used for a variety of events such as convocation, galas, large assemblies, festivals, etc. Maximum standing occupancy of 3,000 people inside the tent, with the sides in use. Seated capacity (rows) is expected to be between 1,600 and 1,700 with an events stage, between 1,000 and 1,200 seated capacity using round tables with events stage.

When the tent is in use, will there be cables all over the place?

NO. A major part of the project includes buried electrical infrastructures to provide power to the stage for major events, power to the large light poles for small requirements, and empty conduits through to run IT, AV, Date, cabling throughout. What little above ground cable will be used, will be in areas away from pedestrian traffic, or no public access.

What about cooling in hot temperatures and heating in cold temperatures?

Included in the buried electrical infrastructure, is available power for rental HVAC units to be used while the tent is fully enclosed with the sides and doors.

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Quick Facts

  • 35,000 lbs of re-bar (footing, foundations, concrete bands (bench footings))
  • 1,200 tonnes of concrete (over 120 trucks)
  • 7,700 linear feet of 2”x4” wood decking (or 1.5 miles / 2.4 kilometres)
  • 2,200 tonnes of new granular fill (110 trucks)
  • 1,000 tonnes of new topsoil (50 trucks)
  • 3,000 tonnes of total soil excavation (160 trucks)
  • 9380 linear feet of conduit and wire (or 1.8 miles / 2.9 kilometres)
  • 4,000 linear feet of driven piles (or 3/4 mile / 1.2 kilometres)
  • 52 trees
  • 579 shrubs
  • 720 ornamental grasses and perennials

Important Contacts

  • Project Manager: Marc Stéphane Lacelle
  • Architect: Civitas Architecture Inc.
  • Civil Engineer: JF Arseneault
  • General Contractor: TOFCON Construction Inc.
  • Landscape Architect: Civitas Architecture Inc.
  • Mechanical / Electrical Engineer: Pageau Morel & Associates Inc.
  • Signage Consultant: Jaan Krusberg Design Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: Adjeleian Aleen Rubeli
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