The quality and character of post-secondary student housing in Canada is changing. Private partners are collaborating in the development of hybrid buildings that combine residence and academic space. Centennial College’s Residence and Culinary Arts Centre at the Progress Avenue campus in Toronto is a flagship of this delivery method that comprises 740 beds and state-of-the-art teaching facilities.
The School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts is an eight-storey campus gateway building providing visibility for academic activity to both students and the community. The ground floor has open views onto the culinary arts program with seven kitchen labs, eight additional classrooms, a teaching restaurant and café. A conference and banquet centre with capacity for 425 people occupies the top floor. The student accommodation is configured around a courtyard garden. The two- and four-bed suites have abundant daylight and views. Every resident has a private bedroom and each suite has a bathroom and kitchen. Corner lounges on each floor incorporate additional amenity space including a yoga studio and screening room.
The 353,500-square-foot project is LEED Silver certified for sustainable design. High efficiency glazing and an advanced envelope system improve energy performance over typical buildings of this scale and scope. The building also supports a green roof and water-saving features. The $85-million project is financed and managed by Knightstone Capital Management.