The Technology and Trades Renewal and Innovation Project (TTRIP) at Lethbridge College dramatically increases the facility’s size and program with state-of-the-art training opportunities for students. The 170,000-square-foot expansion organizes new workshops, labs, offices and classrooms around a north-south central spine and adjacent learning commons.
The building’s shape references both local land forms as well as optimizes daylight access, building envelope performance and mechanical-electrical system integration. The new facility is a centre that fosters interdisciplinary innovation among students, instructors and industry partners – a key theme of the college’s academic vision.
In addition to the increase in shop space, the facility also provides technologically-equipped classrooms of various size, administration areas, social interaction, student study spaces and 60 new faculty offices. A double-height wood-lined atrium provides expansive views to the exterior in addition to naturally-lit study spaces.
A comprehensive array of passive and active sustainable design features including net zero utility cost to operate the expanded area at no more than the smaller facility it replaces positions the project to achieve a high level of LEED certification.