William & Mary Brown Student Services Building, Montreal, Canada

Joint venture between Architem, and Fichten, Soiferman
Date Built
3600 rue McTavish
An article in the McGill Reporter on September 24, 1998, headlined "Something to Build On", announced that, "A year from now, McGill students will enjoy a spanking new student services building which Dean of Students Rosalie Jukier pledges, 'will not only transform the quality of student life at McGill, it will enhance campus architecture and our urban environment.' .... The cost of the facility, estimated at around $10.5 million, is also being financed with contributions from donors. John MacBain, a former McGill student president, and his wife Louise, are funding the building's Student Aid Centre, while William Brown is underwriting a new health and mental health centre as a tribute to his wife Mary. Coca Cola is sponsoring a meeting place for international students.  The building will include daycare facilities for students who have children and will house the Office for Students with Disabilities, and offices for the First-Year Coordinator, Career and Placement Services, the Ombudsperson, and Chaplaincy Services, in addition to Financial Aid, Counselling and Tutorials, the health services and the Office of the Dean of Students."

The architectural practice of Fichten Soiferman et AssociƩs, partners in the project with Architem, say of the building that it, "... is situated on an irregular, sloped site in the heart of a dense urban setting, and strategically bridges the upper and lower campus areas via an interior pedestrian walkway. An exterior courtyard allows natural daylight to penetrate the building and links it with two historic greystone buildings and the adjacent student center."