|dc.description.abstract||In an effort to expand Dalhousie University Sexton campus (as herein referred
to as Sexton campus) services the Innovative Design in Architecture and
Engineer (IDEA) building has been proposed for construction in 2018
(Dalhousie University Facilities Management, 2015). Any proposed buildings
larger than 10,000 square feet on Dalhousie University must earn a
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold designation
(Dalhousie University Sustainability Office, 2015). Numerous standards must
be met to achieve gold certification requirements, ranging from: energy
efficiency, wastewater management, to cycling facilities. More specifically,
one of the requirements includes providing an indoor bike parking space and
showers for building users (LEED, 2014). LEED cycling requirements of the
IDEA building ensure amenities for Dalhousie University’s Sexton students,
staff, and faculty. Integrating these requirements with expanding the services
offered by the Dalhousie University Studley Campus Bike Centre (Dal Bike
Centre) improves cycling accessibility for all Sexton students and staff.
The objective of this project is to gather design priorities of current Dal Bike
Centre users, staff, and employees, as well as Sexton campus students, for
the proposed IDEA building. To gather participant ideas, three focus groups
were held, incorporating design charrettes, to understand what is of
importance in a new bike space on Dalhousie University’s Sexton Campus.
Recommendations from this study incorporate LEED and Halifax Regional
Municipality (HRM) downtown bylaw requirements with participant results.
These findings have been translated into three preliminary design proposals,
ranging in terms of scale and design features, which are found in the results
section of this report.
Study results will be shared with the Dalhousie University Sustainability Office,
and DSRA Architecture. The goal of this project is that these identified design
elements will be incorporated into the final design of the bike space within the