• Scarborough, ON
  • Centennial College
Anticipated Completion
  • RJC Engineers
  • Smith + Andersen
  • Smoke Architecture
  • Vertechs Design
  • WalterFedy
DIALOG Services
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
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Located on Centennial College Progress Campus in Scarborough, ON, the A-Block Expansion Building’s design will be like no other. This campus gateway building will have the potential to become the first net-zero carbon, mass timber, LEED® Gold higher education facility in the province when it is completed in 2023. It will also embody the College’s deep commitment to truth and reconciliation.

EllisDon’s mass timber specialists eagerly anticipate working closely with Centennial College and our design partners at DIALOG and Smoke Architecture to create this precedent-setting project.
Geoff Smith. CEO, EllisDon
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Design Concept 01

Forming a gateway

The building completes the truncated corner of the site forming a portal into the campus. An urban edge is created promoting great opportunities for pedestrian connectivity and enhanced public realm. The north and west facade acts as a tool for storytelling, visibly branding the building to represent the aspirations of the institution.

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Design Concept 02


The design of the building is a poetic response to the pattern of seed, growth, culmination, and balance in a continuous cycle. The position of spaces and the flow through the building are guided by the medicine wheel teachings oriented to the four cardinal directions, and the directions of up, down, and centre.

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Design Concept 03


Activities and engagements—both formal and informal—of students, staff, and faculty are displayed to the Campus through a network of interconnected pathways and public spaces.

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Design Concept 04


The interplay of solid and void in the building massing allude to the drawing back of the skins over a wigwam frame in response to seasonal changes.

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Design Concept 05


The pattern wrapping from the East to West on the north face is an allegorical and aspirational response to the underlying structure and Indigenous arts and craft.

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Start outside and work in Start with a high-performance enclosure targeting LEED® Gold and designed to reduce heating and cooling loads on the building.
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Think about people Carefully consider occupancy patterns and electrical loads within the building to understand how the building consumes energy.
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Think smaller Design smaller, more efficient mechanical system and reduce energy use to allow for smaller photovoltaic design requirements for the building.
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Adopt an offset mindset Offset the remainder of carbon emissions through the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).