The Richardson College for the Environment project is a critical component of a major campus redevelopment at the University of Winnipeg. The goal is to create a sustainable science and laboratory facility for staff and students. The building area is just under 150,000 square feet, consisting of three stories above grade with an additional mechanical penthouse floor, as well as one storey below grade. There is an angular central atrium that runs 5 stories from the basement of the roof, as well as a roof top greenhouse.
The building is steel frame construction with hollowcore floors, except for the basement, which consists of a structural concrete slab. Lateral stability is achieved through reinforced masonry stair and elevator shafts. The exterior finish of the building features a combination of curtain wall, brick, and metal panel. The roof of the atrium consists of complex three dimensional space trusses supporting large skylights and clerestory windows around the perimeter. There are three feature stairwells in the atrium composed of innovative steel plate treads mounted on steel tube stringers.