Friday, August 26th, 2011

Centennial College Unveils New Library and Academic Facility at Progress Campus

Centennial College Library

Centennial College Library

Centennial College is cutting the ribbon on a new library, and offering their students way more than books.

The modern 103,500-square-foot building has a full-service library to replace a smaller facility. It also adds 22 classrooms, lab space and a 200-seat lecture theatre. It cost $52.5-million to build and support was given by the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) and a federal-provincial initiative to renew Canada’s college and university campuses.

The facility was designed by Diamond + Schmitt Architects and offers “contemporary technology with both in-house and remote access to digital resources, as well as print and visual media collections. The learning-centred environment is open, dynamic and physically adaptable to accommodate various student needs” according to the school’s media release.

The Hon. John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, was on hand for the grand unveiling. He was joined by Roxanne James, MP for Scarborough Centre, and the Hon. Margarett Best, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood.

Going green was a big consideration for the design, and the library was built to LEED Gold certification standards. The release states that “the four-storey structure recycles its gray water, supports vegetation on its green roof and features a spectacular 16.5-metre-high bio-wall of live plants that can remove indoor airborne contaminants.”

Schools mentioned: Centennial College

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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