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boffins club - a brief history

As Innovation Place grew in the 1990s, it became increasingly evident that tenants needed a convenient (and pleasant!) place to conduct meetings and host events – the Atrium Cafeteria was not the ideal setting for an important business lunch. Boffins Club offered the perfect solution.

Boffins ClubWhen the Atrium expanded, Innovation Place saw the opportunity to build a connecting corridor between the Atrium and Galleria. This corridor meant the space directly behind the Atrium cafeteria was now central and easily accessible to thousands of park employees. Plans for a beautiful park and pond adjacent to the space were well on the way. There was also the possibility of a shared kitchen with the Atrium cafeteria.

So. Why did Innovation Place go with a private club?  An isolated location means a smaller market – this renders private ventures unreasonable. Liquor licensing for clubs allows for more flexibility in opening hours. Most importantly, though, Innovation Place wanted to provide value for its tenants - club membership is one of the park's great perks!

Boffins ClubMembers and guests often laud the warm, comfortable and historic Arts & Craft style of Boffins Club. It’s a nice change from the computers and labs we're all so accustomed to on a daily basis! The fact that all of the tables, chairs and hand-woven Persian rugs were sourced individually adds special character to the space – Innovation Place President Doug Tastad and a few of his Innovation Place colleagues pillaged antique stores all over the province (and continue to do so!). The floor was reclaimed from the old U of S Phys Ed gym. Boffins Club opened its doors on January 4, 1999.

The Arts & Crafts movement began in the latter half of the 19th century, a reaction to the fussy, ornate style of the Victorian era. The style is rectilinear and simple, with a focus on traditional craftsmanship and natural beauty (stones, bark, leaves, grasses). The Americans (e.g., Gustav Stickley, early Frank Lloyd Wright) made their own unique mark on the style, with a stronger commitment to the guiding principle of “design for the masses”. Main Arts & Crafts style components include well-crafted woodwork, warm metals, colours from nature, art glass, Mica and Tiffany lighting, hand-painted details, natural flooring, and functional furnishings.

-January 2013


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