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Centennial College – A-Block Expansion // DIALOG

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Located on Centennial College Progress Campus in Ontario, Canada, the A-Block Expansion Building’s design will be a new landmark with the objective of enriching the campus entrance, promoting the future of education in a diverse and inclusive environment and embodying the College’s deep commitment to Truth and Reconciliation.

When it is completed in 2023, this building is designed to become the first net-zero carbon, mass timber, LEED® Gold higher education facility in Canada.

The building includes classrooms, labs, spaces for student engagement, administration and faculty offices.

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Over 133,000 sq ft of that space is new construction, and 16,000 sq ft is renovation of the existing facility. It will respond to a broad range of cultural and gender needs with spaces that include an Indigenous Commons, gender neutral washrooms, Indigenous offices, an elder room, a multi-faith room and lactation rooms.

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The building form is inspired by Indigenous principles and the Mi’kmaq concept of two-eyed seeing. Across the North of the building, the Wisdom Hall emerges from east to west; a highly transparent, four-storey diagonal atrium space for faculty, staff, students and visitor engagement and study zones. Connected to the atrium at Level 2 is the Indigenous Commons, a large multi-purpose space that serves to organize the building program around it and forms the heart of the building.

The new building connects to the existing street edge including a large landscaped area with native plantings that transforms the south-west corner of the campus, forming a gateway, and yielding greater pedestrian connections that enhance the public realm.
Interior planning ensures equitable design for all.

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It is characterized by flexible, engaging, diverse, inclusive and sustainable environments. Planning standardization and modularity are used to allow spaces to be reconfigured, while maximizing daylight, natural ventilation, and creating a place of community and networking for all..

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