Location
  • Toronto, ON
Client
  • Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology
Completion
2011
Size
  • 13,006 sq m
  • 140,000 sq ft
Sustainability
  • LEED® Gold certified
Collaborators
  • BA Consulting Group Ltd.
  • EllisDon
  • Isotherm Engineering Ltd.
  • Jensen Hughes Inc.
  • Morrison Hershfield Ltd.
  • QUINN Design Associates Inc.
  • R.V. Anderson Associates Ltd.
  • Shikatani Lacroix Design Inc.
DIALOG Services
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Planning & Urban Design
  • Structural Engineering
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Seneca College is Ontario’s largest college, with approximately 20,000 full-time students and 70,000 part time students enrolled in four campuses in the greater Toronto area. The four-storey facility is a living lab with exposed systems, flexible for future adaptations, and providing a welcoming atmosphere for student learning and interaction. An engaging gateway to the campus, Building A provides an additional 1,000 student seats and includes classrooms, computer labs, common areas, circulation, and an information commons. The building was completed on time and on budget via a two-year fast-track construction schedule as a part of the federal government's Knowledge Infrastructure Program.
The creation of the new building has provided Seneca’s Newnham campus with an identity it historically lacked.
Craig Applegath
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It All Started With A Sketch

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Design Considerations 01

Connectivity

The site was challenged with reinventing a neglected interstitial courtyard space that functioned primarily as an exit path for a number of existing buildings.

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Design Considerations 02

Access to daylight

Rooftop clerestories above the atria create a strong connection to the outdoors and fill the spaces with natural light, which minimizes the need for electrical lighting and reduces energy consumption.

A+

This federally-funded, fast-track project was our Toronto studio’s first venture leveraging our entire multi-disciplinary team: architecture, interior design, structural-mechanical-electrical engineering, and sustainability, to create a space for an additional 1,000 students at Seneca College’s Newnham campus.