|CONSULTANT:||TEEPLE ARCHITECTS INC.|
|CONTRACT TYPE:||STIPULATED SUM|
|Project SIZE:||80,000 SQ. FT.|
|LEED CERTIFICATION LEVEL:||GOLD|
|AWARDS:||Sustainable Architecture & Building Award • International Holcim Acknowledgement Award • Canadian Architecture Award of Excellence|
The new three storey building houses the library collections, service areas and study spaces. Also included in the building are seven classrooms, three computer labs, and a large study area, meeting rooms and faculty offices. Constructed on the original parking lot for the college, the building includes underground parking for 449 cars and a secure bicycle storage area.
The project has successfully achieved LEED® Gold certification. Environmental highlights of the building include utilizing geothermal energy for heating and cooling, which decreases the use of natural gas and electrical energy; incorporating “fly ash” (a by-product of power plants created during coal consumption) into the concrete mix that is more resistant to chemical corrosion, decreases landfill pollution and reduces greenhouse gas emissions; and using wind energy for natural ventilation via an undulating roof line and wind towers.