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Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence

Algonquin College

Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Client: Algonquin College
Completion: November 2011
LEED: Platinum

In Joint Venture with Edward J. Cuhaci and Associates Architects Inc.

Photography: Tom Arban


This new 195,000-square-foot building addresses the current skills shortage in the construction industry by providing classrooms, studios, laboratories and shops for 2,600 students in a highly-efficient combination of rigorous structure and flexible space, providing generous public spaces and synergies between professional disciplines.

The design for ACCE blends building and landscape. The plazas, garden spaces, undulating green roof, and biofilter living wall form a single system of connected outdoor and indoor spaces. Vertically proportioned storey-high metal panels and windows order the elevations, animated by solar sunshades that incorporate five distinct greens, each a variant on the College’s own corporate identity.

The new building identifies Algonquin College as the focal point for skilled trades programs in eastern Ontario, attracting the best in educators, researchers and students, while serving as an expression of the environmental stewardship that is possible within our cities.

THE TEAM

mleckman@dsai.ca
dschmitt@dsai.ca
wchan@dsai.ca
dgallivan@dsai.ca
Wen-Ying Lu
Giuseppe Mandarino
Eric Fung
mleckman@dsai.ca
wchan@dsai.ca
Wen-Ying Lu
Eric Fung
dschmitt@dsai.ca
dgallivan@dsai.ca
Giuseppe Mandarino