Winner 2021 North America competition

Niagara College Welland Student Commons

Welland, ON, Canada
Gow Hastings Architects
Stone Tile International Inc.; Centura Tile
Building Company:
G.S. Wark Ltd
Ergon; Gambini Tile on Time


Scott Norsworthy

Surrounded by the beauty of Ontario’s escarpment, the Niagara College Welland Student Commons is a two story, 35,000 sq. ft. hub for the student community. In designing this space, Gow Hastings Architects developed a program that would reinvigorate the campus’ visual identity and serve as a point of pride for all students and visitors. Part of this plan involved the application of blue supergraphics on the walls, which would add branding and help students find their way. White, matte wall tiles from Gambini Tile on Time would prove to be the perfect clean slate for applying these graphics. The designers also created a linear installation using stone-look floor tiles by Ergon in two different colorways to help direct traffic throughout the busy space and demarcate different activity zones, including the corridor, event space, food hall, and seating areas. The tiles from Ergon & Gambini Tile on Time also provide the long-lasting durability that is necessary for higher education environments.