Canada’s First Zero-Carbon, Mass Timber Higher Education Building Honors Indigenous Culture

Canada’s First Zero-Carbon, Mass Timber Higher Education Building Honors Indigenous Culture

By Robert Martellacci, Originally published in the March/April 2020 issue of AC&E/Equity & Access

Centennial College, Ontario’s first public college, has collaborated with DIALOG, Smoke Architecture, and EllisDon to design and build the first zero-carbon, mass timber higher-education building in the country.

Scheduled for completion in 2023, the new gateway structure will bring together Indigenous and Western cultures in both form and function.

“We wanted to raise the bar for future post-secondary projects […] At Centennial we view sustainability, inclusivity and Indigeneity as wholly interconnected ideas and we wanted a building that demonstrates that crucial relationship.” — Craig Stephenson President and CEO, Centennial College

Courtesy of Historica Canada Education Guide: Residential Schools in Canada. This revamped education guide, “Residential Schools in Canada,” aims to raise awareness of the history of residential schools in Canada and bring to light the importance of education in the reconciliation process.

Download the guide for free here.