Saskatoon, SK

University of Saskatchewan, Western College of Veterinary Medicine

Project Details


$50 Million (2003-2013 Renewal Project)
$17 Million (2016 Additions)


Ongoing (2003 to Present)


186,900 sq. ft.


Prime Consulting, Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Contract Administration

The 2003-2013 Renewal Project for the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) consisted of numerous renovation and expansion phases aimed at modernizing and expanding the facility, originally built in 1969. This comprehensive project included renovations and additions such as expanding the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, enhancing animal care facilities, renovating large animal surgery spaces, expanding research laboratories, and introducing a diagnostics laboratory, among other improvements. aodbt collaborated closely with the University of Saskatchewan (USask) and project managers to develop the project’s program and master plan, considering space constraints and evolving requirements. Despite complexities, the project was completed in 2013 without disrupting ongoing clinic and research operations.

In 2016, aodbt was once again engaged by USask for an expansion project that included the addition of One Health Imaging, a PET-CT suite, and the Oncology Wing to WCVM. The primary goal of this expansion was to enhance the integration of academic departments with research facilities on the campus. This project was delivered in multiple phases and was successfully completed by 2019.

During 2016 and 2017, aodbt also tackled water ingress issues by designing a replacement for the aging library atrium skylight. Additionally, in 2021, aodbt provided a sustainable, long-term solution for the corridor flooring issues, allowing for animal gate testing and improved drainage without causing significant disruption to the daily operations of the animal hospital.

Currently, aodbt is working with USask and WCVM to conduct a Space Optimization Study. This study aims to optimize existing space and add new classroom and lab spaces to accommodate a larger Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) class size, support USask’s enrollment growth plans in veterinary medicine, and establish the WCVM as Canada’s national testing center for the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). The study is expected to be completed in April 2024.

Awards and Publications

  • Saskatchewan Masonry Design Awards, Award of Excellence (2013)