Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence receives LEED Platinum certification

Mon November 26, 2012
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 The Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence has officially received LEED Platinum certification from the Canada Green Building Council. MHPM provided start-to-finish project management on the facilty.

“The Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence is a model of sustainable development,” says Algonquin College President Kent MacDonald. “The building functions as a living laboratory which supports the learning of our students in a way unlike any other postsecondary institution in Canada. We would like to thank all who assisted in its construction including EllisDon Corporation, Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc., and Edward J Cuhaci and Associates Architects Inc., and I commend our Physical Resources team for their leadership.”

Opened on Algonquin College’s Woodroffe Campus in September 2011, the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence (ACCE) brings the next generation of carpenters, plumbers, civil engineering technologists, interior designers, and many other trades and professions under a single, green roof. ACCE offers over 190,000 square feet of inter-professional space designed to encourage collaboration between disciplines, and offers many integrated and cross-program learning opportunities for students.

The uniquely green facility features a storm water recovery system that captures rainwater to flush toilets; solar panels to provide some power and hot water; and a "Biowall'- a five-storey living, green wall covered with plants that helps control humidity and clean the air. Other features include:

  • RSO insulated roof and this upgraded building's insulation considerably exceeds building code requirements and conserves energy by reducing heating and air conditioning needs.
  • Air-conditioning and heating is provided by heat pump technology, economically using hot water for heat. Several hundred trees in twenty varieties (mostly native) and over twenty varieties of groundcover such as grass and shrubs will be planted increasing biodiversity of the area by 300%
  • Undulating green roof of grasses and knee-high shrubs that help offset the sun's heat, thereby lowering surrounding air temperature. This growing vegetation also absorbs and controls rainwater runoff, which creates less strain on the building's storm sewer drainage systems

Visit the facility's web site here : http://www2.algonquincollege.com/acce/