When you enter the fourth floor of Conrad Grebel University College's new Academic Building expansion and step into the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement, what will you find?
The space within the Centre for Peace Advancement is designed to augment its core activities: research, incubation, and community engagement. The Centre's 6,000 square feet of space take on a variety of forms, each with their own part to play in supporting the work of the Centre and its participants.
The Centre for Peace Advancement manifests itself in the combination of office spaces, meeting rooms, the Winfield Fretz Seminar Room for graduate studies, the grad student lounge known as the 'Grad Hive', Grebel Peace Incubator, and the Grebel Gallery.
Spaces in the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement
The Centre for Peace Advancement provides co-location space for affiliate organizations with multiple staff. Currently these include three organizations with varying needs, including a team of nine staff spread over 1,300 square feet, three staff sharing a 250 square foot office, and one staff person in a 130 square foot office.
The Grebel Peace Incubator is an open and collaborative work space in the Centre with windows overlooking the south side of the campus. The Frank & Helen Epp Incubator Room is 450 square feet and includes six dedicated desks with lockable drawers, white boards, and a shared work table. Adjacent to this space is the Incubator Annex, a 200 square foot room with three hot desks and file cabinets.
The Incubator and Incubator Annex are intended for initiatives that are either active members of the Centre’s incubation program or are working for smaller affiliate organizations.
The Grebel Gallery is located in the heart of the Centre for Peace Advancement. Totalling approximately 700 square feet, it is central to the Centre's strategic commitment to “peace and artistic expression.” The gallery curates and hosts peace-related exhibits aligned with the academic calendar for the purpose of engaging community members in a process of mutual learning and shared action.
Together with the adjacent Buzz Space, the Grebel Gallery also serves as a venue for receptions, book launches, and coffee houses.
All Centre for Peace Advancement participants and community members can make use of a variety of shared spaces for meetings and events.
- Reception area – In addition to the Centre Coordinator’s desk, this includes a brightly lit waiting area with chairs
- Regehr Meeting Room – A meeting room for up to 10 people
- Fretz Seminar Room – A classroom for up to 20 people with a digital projector and screen that can be used for meetings when a class is not scheduled
- Buzz Space – a kitchenette area with a coffee table, comfortable couches, and armchairs, used most often for informal lunch meetings or coffee breaks
- Grad Hive – A work space with tables, chairs, and lockers dedicated for Grebel graduate students
To see the capacity of each room at the Centre for Peace Advancement, visit Conrad Grebel's bookings page.