The space in which Algonquin College students study, meet friends, and socialize is getting a thumbs up from the Canadian Design-Build Institute (CDBI). Hot on the heels of Wednesday’s win at the 2013 Ottawa Urban Design Awards, the Robert C. Gillett Student Commons at Algonquin College’s Ottawa campus has now also won a national award – the Canadian Design-Build Award of Excellence. The award, in the “Buildings” Category, was announced today in Saskatoon at the CDBI’s National Conference. Conference attendees got to see the building, and how the construction progressed, through this behind-the-scenes video.
“Each year, we are pleased to recognize the outstanding design-build projects being undertaken in the Canadian construction industry,” adds Neil McFarlane, Chair of the Canadian Design-Build Institute. “This year is no exception, and we have two extremely deserving projects. These two projects illustrate how design-build can be used in an effective and efficient manner to deliver projects on-time and on-budget, with great results.”
The 110,000 Student Commons is named in honour of past College President Robert C. Gillett in recognition of his commitment to student success and enhancing student services. The name was proposed by the Algonquin Students’ Association Board of Directors.
The Student Commons has been built to the exacting standards of the Canada Green Building Council’s LEED-Gold certification. The multi-storey design of this new facility capitalizes on natural lighting and ‘greening’ of the adjacent landscape to “bring the outdoors in.”
The prime contractor behind the building was PCL Construction, while IBI Group Architects and Teeple Architects were the main consultants and architects. Adjeleian Allen Rubeli were hired as structural engineering consultants, while Crossey Engineering provided the mechanical and electrical engineering consultants.