Centennial College Project a New Precedent for Mass Timber Builds

DIALOG — Toronto-based DIALOG and Smoke Architecture of Hamilton, Ont. have teamed up to design a campus building at Centennial College in Toronto’s Scarborough region that will be the first net-zero-carbon, mass timber higher education facility in Canada.

By / Grant Cameron, Daily Commercial News

Two architectural firms have teamed up to design a precedent-setting campus building at Centennial College in Scarborough, Ont. that will be the first net-zero-carbon, mass timber higher education facility in Canada.

Toronto-based DIALOG and Smoke Architecture of Hamilton, Ont., which is a studio that focuses on First Nation and Indigenous projects, are working with EllisDon on the venture.

The $105-million, six-storey structure has been designed to reflect both Indigenous and Western cultures and is based on the concept of two-eyes seeing or viewing the world through the lens of both.

“It’s probably one of the most exciting projects I’ve worked on my whole career because it is so rich, with not only meaning but the expression in form and function,” explains Craig Applegath, founding principal at DIALOG. “This is a very unusual one because it’s also Indigenously inspired and it’s mass timber.”

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