Centennial College marked the beginning of construction of its Centennial Residence and Culinary Arts Centre with a groundbreaking ceremony on October 15, 2014 and excavation for the building is well underway at the Progress Campus. The eight storey structure will accommodate a residence for 740 students on floors two through seven, a dynamic Culinary Arts Centre teaching facility on the ground floor, and conference and events space on the top floor.
The 353,300-square-foot project was designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, which also designed the L-Block that opened at the Progress Campus in October 2010. The design features a blend of residential, teaching and event space that promises to make the mixed-use building a popular destination. The residence will feature two- and four-bedroom suites, allowing a private bedroom for every resident and a bathroom and kitchen in each suite. There will also be communal kitchens, lounge space, a yoga studio and movie screening room where students can gather together.
The striking building concept takes the shape of a quadrangle with a central courtyard to allow natural light to reach all of the residence rooms. The Culinary Arts Centre includes seven kitchen labs, a teaching restaurant, cafe and eight new classrooms with capacity for up to 600 students. The conference and events centre located on the top floor will accommodate up to 425 guests. The building is targeting a LEED Silver certification, which involves focusing on sustainable "green" practices as they apply to the hospitality industry.
The $85-million Centennial Residence and Culinary Arts Centre will address student demand for accommodations while providing the space needed for the College’s growing programs in culinary arts. Knightstone Capital Management is undertaking the planning, financing, construction and management of the project. Other key partners include Canadian Campus Communities and FRAM Building Group. Occupancy is slated for September 2016.