Kawartha Trades + Technology Centre, Fleming College
Square Footage: 80,000
The Kawartha Trades + Technology Centre is designed as a new addition to Fleming College’s Sutherland Campus. Connected directly to the existing main social and academic building, this new 80,000-sf facility seamlessly brings together theoretical teaching and applied learning in a state-of-the-art facility. Organized in a split level that engages the topography of the site, the building houses classrooms, faculty office and administrative spaces, as well as various teaching workshops, bulk project storage, and a large 27,000-sf flexible multi-disciplinary project space called the "learning factory".
Aligned with the main north-south axis of the campus, the building is conceived as a new gateway inviting pedestrian movement from the student residences and Sport and Wellness Centre (also designed by Shore Tilbe Perkins+Will in 2002) to the north. Inside, a large common area with interactive SMART classrooms, lounge areas, and presentation spaces overlook the central learning factory. This feature offers a dynamic venue for users of the building and campus alike.
The KSTI is designed as a demonstration facility for sustainable technologies with geothermal heating and cooling, green roofs, photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting, and various heat recovery systems. Conceived as two interlocking, shed-like volumes, the building’s form is loosely derived from an industrial typology. A cladding of Corten steel and fibre reinforced cement panels reinforces this theme, presenting a distinctive new face to the campus, which blends harmoniously with the natural surroundings.