|Photo: Dylan Hewlett|
The C.A.S.T. facility is unique in Canada having been specifically designed to support a vision of architectural education and research grounded in shared acts of making. C.A.S.T. also participates in an expanding constellation of world-class research facilities within and beyond the University of Manitoba.
C.A.S.T., opened in 2002, offers a 500m2 (5,500ft2) facility well equipped for work in any standard—and many non-standard—fabrication materials and methods, including concrete, masonry, carpentry, fabric/textiles and earthworks. The building is centrally located on the University of Manitoba’s Fort Garry campus. It is situated between the Faculties of Architecture and Engineering, and is close to the sculpture and ceramic studios of the School of Fine Arts.
The C.A.S.T. Building was designed and constructed with nearly $1.5 million in support from the following: the Canada Foundation for Innovation; the Manitoba Innovations Fund; Western Economic Diversification Canada; and over one hundred companies, organizations, and individuals in the local and regional construction industry. The C.A.S.T. building was featured in Canadian Architect (Feb. 2003).