Mohawk College’s Joyce Centre Wins RAIC Award of Excellence

Mohawk College’s Joyce Centre Wins RAIC Award of Excellence

Project | May 16, 2019 | Adapted by Beatriz Sanchez

The emerging low-carbon economy has made a powerful impact on how buildings are designed, built and conducted in North America. Architects and designers are being challenged to do better when it comes to sustainable practices as 39% of greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to buildings, according to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute.

One building that is at the forefront of innovation and sustainability practice is Mohawk College’s Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation (JCPI). The $54 million building was awarded the coveted Royal Archiitectural Institute of Canada Award of Excellence for Innovation in Architecture.

Both the Centre itself and what the students are learning in it will help fight climate change in the new low-carbon economy. We are proud to be a trusted partner in this forward-thinking project.

Here are some of the project's highlights:

1. The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation is the county's largest zero-carbon institutional building, using geothermal and solar technologies to produce renewable energy that offsets its carbon footprint.

2. Designed by B+H Architects in collaboration with mcCallumSather, the 96,000 square-foot centre was built with sustainable materials such as locally sourced steel, FSC certified wood, LED lighting and CO2-neutral flooring.

3. The JCPI was built on Mohawk’s applied research strengths in three primary areas of health, energy and technology. Its facilities include innovative lab spaces, lecture theatres and industry training centres. 

4. As an educational institution, Mohawk’s students have access to all seven storeys and all the systems that power the building and are taught a new mindset towards sustainability.

5. The labs in the Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation are designed to accommodate projects of any size that might surface with industry leaders.

* To learn more about this project, click here.

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