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Ashtonbee Campus renewal wins another award

Picture of Centennial Colleges renewed Ashtonbee Campus library from the outside at night time

The Ontario region of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction honoured Centennial College's Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project with its Award of Merit as part of its annual awards recognizing innovation and excellence in the design and construction of steel structures.

The stunning campus addition on Ashtonbee Road is clad in triple-glazed curtain wall (glass) and an innovative system of asymmetrically mounted stainless steel panels. The result is an elegantly proportioned structural steel truss system that supports 40,000 square feet of new library and program space in a 90-metre-long continuous edifice that physically adjoins the existing campus building, which dates back to 1972. The Ashtonbee Campus Renewal project was developed by Centennial and MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) of Toronto.

The project also includes a 5,500-square-foot second-floor addition to the existing gymnasium in structural steel, as well as 48,500 square feet of renovations to existing spaces. The project team included: EllisDon Construction, Benson Steel, INFocus Detailing Inc., Stampa Steel Erectors Ltd. and Blackwell Engineering. The Ontario Steel Design Awards of Excellence & History of Strength gala was held in Toronto's Distillery District on April 26.

In addition to the Award of Merit, the Ashtonbee Campus Renewal Project recently earned an Award of Honour for Excellence - New Building from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), a U.S.-juried competition that recognizes projects that demonstrate how strategic planning can result in exemplary buildings, grounds, institutional success and careers that inspire. Centennial's project was the only Canadian submission to receive the American award this year.