Algonquin College Perth Campus Wins Green Building Wood Design Award from Canadian Wood Council

Algonquin College Perth Campus Wins Green Building Wood Design Award from Canadian Wood Council

Posted on Thursday, November 14th, 2013 at 12:23 pm in Announcements Feed for all posts filed under Announcements  Feature Articles Feed for all posts filed under Feature Articles  and tagged , , , , ,

Algonquin College Heritage Institute honoured with GRC Architects and engineering firm Adjelian Allen Rubeli Ltd. at 2013 Ontario Wood Works! Awards

The Canadian Wood Council thinks the Algonquin College Heritage Institute is an excellent example of Green Building Wood Design.

“I commend the entire team behind the new Perth campus for their tremendous efforts in support of our students’ learning,” says Dave Donaldson, Dean, Algonquin College Heritage Institute. “We believe our sustainability efforts have a significant impact on the community around us, and we appreciate the recognition for our efforts to reduce our environmental footprint. We also preach what we practice – as one example, students in our Advanced Housing program regularly work hands-on with wood in their classes, and have applied those skills to award-winning sustainability projects like Team Ontario’s Solar Decathlon 2013 entry. It is a privilege to be recognized as a leader of sustainable design building practice through the use of wood,”

“There are many reasons for the increased use of wood in contemporary architecture,” explains Marianne Berube, executive director of the Ontario Wood Works! project. “People understand and appreciate wood’s environmental benefits and, in many applications, designers and developers are also reporting significant time and cost savings. Also, new products and design innovations have expanded opportunities for using wood. Around the world we’re seeing that it is a viable option for all types of construction including midrise buildings, sustainable urban densification, and even tall wood buildings.”

Here are some highlights of the new campus:

  • Main academic block including Student Commons, library, and gym is built with a wood frame including the roof trusses.
  • 55% of all building materials are regional, and over 17.% recycled content.
  • 92% of all construction and demolition waste was diverted from landfills.
  • Maple wood interior finishes (wood slat ceilings, maple-cases return air plenums in classrooms, solid-core wood doors, built-in wood benches, wood framed glazed partitions, and millwork.
  • The building reduces its water use by more than 60% compared to a conventional design through a 2000L rainwater harvesting system, drought tolerant landscaping, water bottle refilling stations, and more.

The Algonquin College Heritage Institute was built in 2011 to address the need for an updated campus in Perth. The 42,000 square foot, $10 million facility is certified LEED® Gold, and features space for 350 full-time students. Programs offered include heritage trades like Masonry,Construction Carpentry – Advanced Housing, and Carpentry and Joinery, along with programs like Office Administration, Personal Support Worker, and Police Foundations.

One Comment

  1. Ian Pineau
    Posted November 18, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Great example of how a little planning goes a long way in the sustainability effort. AC is well positioned to build on this and other successes in the effort to move towards a sustainable way of doing education.

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