Humber College is a leading postsecondary institution that is made up of three campuses, serving over 29,000 full-time students. At their North campus in Etobicoke the College was looking to recognize donors in a sophisticated and engaging way. Entro (Toronto) developed and implemented a recognition program that showcases the important support of donors, and expresses the College’s appreciation for this support.
The designated space for the program is adjacent to the study area in the Link building corridor, the main thoroughfare that connects to the new Humber Learning Resource Commons (HLRC). The use of this space is not only practical in the sense that is a high traffic area, but it also ties the historic campus buildings with the HLRC in a meaningful way.
Taking inspiration from the Humber River and the green spaces that are part of Humber’s campuses, the wall is comprised of a series of individual hexagon tiles with the four donor levels identified through the use of varying materials. A series of seamlessly integrated touchscreens introduces a flexible and interactive component to engage passers-by. In addition to providing in-depth donor information and ways to give, the screens are an opportunity to promote alumni recognition and special events, with the capability for live streaming.
The design concept is meant to convey the positive influence and impact that donors can have on students in the same way that stones shape the current of the river – each donor’s contribution adding to the mosaic of interactions between the community, College, and students. As the light interacts with the different surfaces, the donor tiles shimmer creating an effect similar to light reflecting off a river’s surface.
The strong integration of the static and digital components (digital programming by Lusens) of the program allows for expansion while recognizing donor support in a unique and dignified manner.
For more information, visit Entro's website.