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Optimizing Campus Facilities for One of Canada’s Leaders in Chiropractic Education, Research, and Patient Care

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College / Space Optimization

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  • Sector


  • Location

    Toronto, Ontario

  • Client

    Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College

  • Completion


Architecture Counsel recently completed a comprehensive space optimization study for Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). This study represents the first phase of an ambitious renewal program planned for the College, a global leader in chiropractic education.

ACi was engaged by CMCC to review existing uses of space at the campus and develop a cost-effective, phased implementation strategy to modernize the main building comprising more than 140,000 square feet of space. Our final report detailed a strategy to guide future phases of capital work including recommendations for space use in lecture halls, technique labs, fitness facilities, a former indoor pool area, faculty offices, conference rooms, supply centre/bookstore, food services, research spaces, and social spaces to unite the College’s community of learners and teachers.

A vital component and the primary outcome of this space optimization effort is a dedicated Learning and Assessment Centre (LAC) which will provide chiropractic students, residents, and faculty access to a state-of-the- art facility for the development and refinement of clinical skills and the demonstration of competence through immersive experiential activities. The LAC will feature a variety of simulation-based methodologies, including high-fidelity computer simulators, task simulators, force sensing technology, standardized patients, and augmented/virtual reality. Leading-edge digital monitoring and recording technologies will allow for real-time observations, post-encounter debriefings, monitored assessments, and formative reflective exercises. The Learning and Assessment Centre is envisioned as an exemplary experiential learning environment for students in Years 1 to 4, and possibly for clinicians, graduates, practitioners, and educators.

Ultimately, the space optimization study was not about increasing CMCC’s enrollment – but rather the quality of education and enhancement of the student experience.

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