PROJECTS - EDUCATIONAL
Thunder Bay, Ontario
FORM Architecture and Engineering
Located in Thunder Bay, Confederation College is a national leader in Indigenous education. The Confederation College Wellness Centre is a modern, multi-use facility that promotes student fitness, health and well-being. It is also a gathering place for students and the community. Minowaadiziiwin (which means “to lead a good life”) is reflected in the facility’s programs, as well as its design and architecture: both of which celebrate the Indigenous cultural values of northwestern Ontario. The use of glue laminate timbers in the construction creates a connection to nature and honours the importance of sustainably.
This project used about 94 cubic meters of wood products which can grow in about 15 seconds in the U.S. and Canadian forests. Approximately 76 metric tons of CO2 are stored in this wood, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 29 metric tons of CO2/year. This is equivalent to 11 cars off the road for one year.
ATHABASCA UNIVERSITY ACADEMIC RESEARCH CENTRE
Nail laminated panels with Spruce Pine glulam supporting beams
LEED Gold certified
LOIS HOLE LIBRARY
The architect chose Glulam columns and trusses because of its superior structural support, sense of warmth, and overall beauty.
The Glulam truss system was designed with openings for natural light perfectly exposing the natural elements.
Completed on budget, the $10-million library features columns and trusses fabricated in Western Archrib facility in Edmonton.