The uniquely-designed pool flanking the main entrance and the Brock Pavilion celebrates Carol Stephenson’s impact during her tenure as Dean of Ivey from 2003-2013.
The design of the 178,000-litre (39,000 gals) water feature connects the new building to the rest of Western’s campus, providing a moment of reflection between the old and new.
The Reflecting Pool was made possible through the generous support of alumni, staff, faculty and friends who wished to recognize Carol’s decade of leadership.
From Homecoming to high-profile speakers and other special occasions, the 640-seat BMO Financial Group Auditorium hosts high-profile speakers and a wide range of formal and informal events.
The 670 square-metre (7,200 square-foot) facility features state-of-the-art multi-media technology, including a 300-inch stadium-style screen and powerful Christie projector for superior quality projection.
For more intimate events, the curtain can be drawn to provide seating for about 200 people. The sound-deadening Maharam fabric on the walls and chairs matches the décor throughout the building.
High above the Quadrangle the inward sloping roof collects rainwater that feeds the reflecting pool located adjacent to the Grand Hall. Water evaporating from the pool cools the temperature of the outdoor air before it is supplied to the air-handling systems, reducing energy use in the building.
The 2500 square-metre (27,000 square-foot) area of the Quadrangle is about the size of 1.5 hockey rinks. As you can see, everything from equipment and dirt, to sod and trees had to be craned over the top of the building to construct the Quadrangle.
The five types of mature trees found on the nearly three-quarters of an acre area are Sugar Maple, Red Oak, Red Maple, Silver Maple and Kentucky Coffee Tree.
The huge expanse of the Grand Hall is defined by a magnificent limestone fireplace, the view of the Love Family Quadrangle and the curving balustrades of the second and third floors. It’s a huge space that is central to the Ivey community and has hosted special events such as the Richard Ivey Building’s grand opening celebrations.
Standing on the ground floor and looking up to the ceiling, the volume of space in the Grand Hall is 2,222 cubic meters, the equivalent of the beer in about 38,000 beer kegs. In total the Grand Hall can accommodate approximately 1,500 people.
The library’s two-storey structure faces a grove of trees, an inspiring place for quiet study. In fact, the library is estimated to have about 175,000 users annually and staff assist with 2,800 research questions throughout the year.
The main floor of the library enjoys natural light and plenty of seating along with eight Bloomberg terminals. Note the dramatic design of the spiral staircase and look up to view the quiet spaces of the mezzanine.
By the numbers:
In 1948, Canada’s top 100 Presidents and CEOs met at Western University to outline the need for a national school of business administration. From that meeting came the idea for Canada’s first MBA program and a revolution in business education began. Years later, in 2006, Ivey once again transformed the business landscape with the introduction of an intense three-semester MBA experience.
Now, the benefactors of that transformation – the 100-plus students of the current MBA class – are not only housed together with the other Ivey programs, but also enjoy their own unique space. The Reid Lounge is the exclusive place for MBA students to enjoy a break between classes or collaborate on cases. This space was made possible by a generous donation from Bruce H Reid, MBA ’64, and his son Marc Reid, MBA ’07.
The Leenders Lounge represents the life-long connection between Arkadi Kuhlmann, HBA ’71, MBA ’72, Advisory Board Chairman 2003-2013 and Professor Emeritus Mike Leenders, MBA ’59 – and duplicated among alumni and faculty throughout the years.
The lounge was generously funded by Kuhlmann, who requested the space be named in honour of his favourite professor.
The naturally lit area contains a full-service kitchen and will have a large outdoor patio, perfectly suited for faculty and staff gatherings.
Once inside the Chrominska Lounge, turn to view the finely-crafted recognition located on the vertical edge of the adjacent balustrades. These hinour the more than 1,000 alumni, friends and corporate partners who made a gift in support of the construction of the Richard Ivey Building.
The second and third floors feature the Algonquin limestone quarried in nearby Owen Sound – a critical component in our Gold LEED application. Student services, including degree program offices and Career Management are located on the second floor, together with additional 50-seat classrooms.
Frosted glass dividers, a host of curved lines and a spectacular view of the Love Family Quadrangle encourage creativity and collaboration.
Skylights bring in natural light to the second and third floors. Meeting spaces promote quiet work or team collaboration.
Bud Johnston’s long and outstanding history with Ivey began in 1954, the year he received his HBA. He was Associate Dean from 1975 to 1978 and Dean from 1978 to 1989. Under Johnston’s leadership, Ivey focused on globalization, developments in technology and information systems, and the importance of dealing effectively with governments. After stepping down as Dean, Bud continued to teach, conduct research and consult.
The sculpture is located in Bud's Corner, situated in the Howard Canadian Business History room which houses the print journals and the extensive Canadian business history of the Howard Canadian Business History Collection. The Bud Johnston Memorial bust was donated to the School by Bud’s fellow HBA classmate and long-time Ivey advisory board member, Gerald Knowlton.
In the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2008, Ian Ihnatowycz, MBA ’82, saw an opportunity.
The numerous failures of leadership across many sectors inspired him, along with this wife, Marta Witer, to make a generous donation to establish the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership at Ivey to focus on leadership issues and develop teaching tools to help the next generation of leaders be the best they can be.
Now the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership is on the cutting edge of developing the leadership skills our students need to succeed.
In July 2001, veteran Toronto businessman and active participant in the Canadian policy landscape, the late R. Jack Lawrence, HBA '56, made a generous donation to fund a much-needed expansion and establish The Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management. The expansion and addition of the current National Centre for Management Research and Development (NCMRD) Building took place on the campus of Western University.
Lawrence was a strong believer in Corporate Canada's ability to affect the direction of public policy. The Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management began as an extension of the passion shared by Lawrence and Deans Larry Tapp and Carol Stephenson of the importance of business playing an active role in Canadian public policy.
The Lawrence Centre has taken another step in its history with the appointment of Paul Boothe as the Centre Director in 2012. Former Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney gave the 2013 Thomas d’Aquino Lecture on Leadership and current Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz is a member of the Lawrence Centre board.
The artwork displayed throughout the building was specifically acquired and generously donated by the Ivey family. The artists are all mid-career Canadian artists and represent five different provinces.
Below are several of the fascinating works that are permanent residents of the Richard Ivey Building.
The Wilson Lounge gives you an excellent view of the Dean’s suite – an open concept area with glass enclosures to bring in natural light. The 20-seat capacity Latta Boardroom features rich oak hardwood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides and spectacular views of Western University and downtown London.
The area also captures Ivey’s campuses in London, Toronto and Hong Kong through an artfully-created window cling.
Listed below are some of the storied locations of Ivey Business School at Western University, beginning with the move to University College in 1924.
Ivey PhD students are located in the mezzanine on the third floor, overlooking the faculty suite.
The specially-designed area is home to the first PhD program for business in Canada, which begun in 1961. The first PhD degree in business was conferred on Alexander Mikalachki, in 1964. He also received his MBA in 1960 and was Acting Dean of the School from 1989-90.
Currently, 56 students are doing research in such areas as finance, general management and information systems.