Centennial Residence and Culinary Arts Centre
Centennial College has grown rapidly over the past several years and demand for student housing outpaced the capacity of our 340-bed facility on Progress Avenue. Knowing that a lack of access to a residence is an impediment for students living outside a reasonable commuting distance from campus, Centennial constructed an eight-story Centennial Residence and Culinary Arts building at its Progress Campus.
The striking new building takes the shape of a quadrangle with a central courtyard to allow natural light to reach all of the residence rooms. It can house 740 students in two- and four-bed suites, complete with a bathroom and kitchen in every suite. All residents have their own private bedroom. There are communal kitchens and lounge space where students can congregate, comfortable in the knowledge that the residence floors are highly secure and inaccessible from other parts of the building.
The new building also provides teaching space with a ground level dedicated to the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary arts programs, complete with seven kitchen labs, a teaching restaurant and nine new classrooms with capacity for up to 600 students. On the top floor, naturally-lit kitchens serve as our new Events Centre which can accommodate up to 425 guests.
The $85-million Centennial Residence and Culinary Arts building was planned, financed, constructed and project-managed by Knightstone Capital Management. The student residence is managed by Canadian Campus Communities. The facility, which opened in September 2016, is targeting a LEED Silver certification, which involves focusing on sustainable "green" practices as they apply to the hospitality industry.