Confederation College

Thunder Bay, ON

Minowaadiziiwin (which means “to lead a good life”) is reflected in the facility’s programs, as well as its design and architecture. The use of glue laminate timbers in the construction creates a connection to nature and honours the importance of sustainability.

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 sustainability.

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 taking 11 cars off the road for one year.

Architect : FORM Architecture and Engineering

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