Exciting news: The Centennial College Block A Expansion Project, looking to be one of the first mass timber, net-zero carbon post secondary education facilities, has recently been certified Zero Carbon under the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Building Standard v1.
The expantion of the A-Block will help accommodate growing student enrolment and serve as the distinctive gateway to Centennial College's Progress Campus. The six-storey addition will provide 150,000 gross square feet of space, which includes renovations to the existing A-Block building.
This building is a significant first step towards realizing the goals outlined in the College's Indigenous Framework and advancing their commitment to Truth and Reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples of Canada. The building design inside and out will reflect Indigenous values and principles, and is based on the concept of “two-eyed seeing" -- viewing the world through the lens of Indigenous knowledge and the lens of Western knowledge.
The expansion will be a mass timber, zero-carbon building with academic programming space for the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science programs (ICET), flexible classrooms that support Indigenous ways of teaching and being, as well as support areas such as Wisdom Hall, an engaging student touchdown space, along with collaborative spaces, administrative offices and food services.
The expansion project will be connected to the existing A-Block building on levels 2 and 3 to provide easy passage between the two buildings. The College is committed to eliminating barriers and improving accessibility for persons with disabilities in a manner that respects dignity, independence, integration and equality of opportunity.
CFMS is proud to be providing commissioning for this ground breaking project.
A collaboration between Ellis Don, Dialog Architects and Smoke Architecture, you can read the press release from Ellis Don on this impressive achievement HERE, and also the REMI Networks article for further information HERE.
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