Ottawa Citizen - New Sustainable Building at Algonquin College a boost for trades
November 25, 2011
Integrated approach designed to foster co-operation on work site
A career in the construction trades just became a great deal more attractive with a dramatic new teaching facility at Algonquin College. With its massive green roof, the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence makes visible its commitment to sustainability.

The 190,000-square-foot building is designed as a "living laboratory" with cutaways in floors, walls and ceilings that reveal inner workings. It has smart-building technology that monitors the performance of systems. It also showcases materials, sustainable construction practices and craftsmanship.

"This is going to make it a lot sexier" to learn a trade, says Jacob Sancartier, president of the students' association. "It's an architectural marvel..."

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