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Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project Wins Architectural Award

Picture of the renewed Ashtonbee Campus at dusk

Centennial College’s striking Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project was selected to receive an Award of Honour for Excellence - New Building from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). The SCUP Excellence in Architecture Awards is a U.S. juried competition which recognizes projects that demonstrate how strategic, integrated planning can result in exemplary buildings, grounds, institutional success, and careers that inspire.

Centennial's sprawling Ashtonbee Campus received a thorough makeover last year with the addition of the glass-enclosed “gateway” building on Ashtonbee Road. The trestle-inspired building centralizes student administrative services on the ground floor and provides space for a contemporary library on the second level. The addition is a welcome update to Centennial’s oldest campus, which dates back to 1972.

The SCUP awards are open to North American professional service providers and institutions that have prepared designs for two-year and four-year colleges, universities, academic medical and research centres, and public or private institutions. This year the jury received 126 entries, of which seven were submitted by Canadian institutions. The jury awarded seven Awards of Honour and 14 Awards of Merit. Centennial's Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project was the only Canadian submission to receive an award.

MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA), the Toronto-based firm that designed the new Ashtonbee building, submitted the nomination to SCUP on behalf of Centennial. MJMA representatives will be on hand to accept the Award of Honour for Excellence at the SCUP Conference in Chicago on July 13.