Common ground study
Five vacant downtown buildings, one architect, a city councillor, and a coworking concept - that was all it took to plant the seed for The Common Ground Study. This proposed expansion aims to reinvent Slate Asset Management’s commercial properties on 151 – 157 Water Street in historic St. John's to create a thriving multi-use and multi-space creative innovation hub. Enabling the use of these spaces would catalyze innovation and entrepreneurship by connecting the City’s creative, tech, retail and social communities, all while rejuvenating the downtown core.
Thanks to a partnership with Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the team has now grown into a community of twenty two entrepreneurs, architects, designers, project managers, urban planners, and engineers studying whether this idea is feasible. Based on a very simple model, the study is focused on discovering how space is used by engaging the public through everyday conversations and real time use of the proposed space. These interactions enable the team to synthesize ideas and solutions using real-life problems.
The Neal Building on Harbour Drive, which is the heart of the study, is now inhabited by non-profit organizations like Business & Arts NL and Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council (RIAC). Our doors are open to the public who would like to partake in real-time simulations so come on down to be part of the solution! Click here to learn more.