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Centennial HP Science and Technology Centre

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Location:
Toronto, ON
Building Structure Type:
Post Secondary
Owner/Developer:
Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology
Architect:
KPMB Architects/Stone McQuire Vogt Architects
Contractor:
Vanbots
Number of Storeys:
4
Size:
250,000 sq. ft.
Practice areas

The Centennial HP Science and Technology Centre in Scarborough is Centennial College’s first new campus facility building in 25 years. The four level, $65 million facility accommodates approximately 3,500 students and includes a full-service resource centre, six computer labs, 47 specialty laboratories, a cafeteria, administrative offices, circulation, meeting, individual and group study spaces.

The building structure is organized around a central atrium with 4 bars of column free space that radiate off of the atrium. A clear span concrete beam and slab design within each bar allows Centennial to adapt its spaces to suit the variable nature of the College’s curricula, technology and industry demands. The entire  237,344 sq. ft. facility has exposed concrete structure  with retroplated in cast-in-place concrete floors and retroplated concrete access flooring.

One of the most distinctive and challenging sections of the building was the construction of the floating lecture hall located in the front atrium above the student gathering area. The floating lecture hall incorporates tiered seating that hovers over and reflects a flight of Spanish Steps; both responding to the sloped topography of the site.

  • Educational Facility Design Award  American Institute of Architects/Committee on Architecture for Education  2006
  • International Architecture Award  |  Chicago Athenaeum  2006
  • Architectural Merit Award; Cast-in-Place Concrete  |  Ontario Concrete Awards  |  2004