Vibrant, full of natural light, inclusive and student-centered are a few of the attributes that best describe the NorQuest College expansion. The new space was designed to support the consolidation of several facilities into a single, environmentally responsible downtown campus that would provide an exceptional learning experience for the thousands of students who attend the college each year.
The Singhmar Centre for Learning is a four-storey, 242,190-square-foot expansion – NorQuest College’s first major capital project in over 40 years. The expansion features classrooms, teaching labs, a teaching child-care facility, library, food services, an Indigenous ceremonial room, large central atrium, and one level of underground parking, and is connected to the college’s existing building via pedway.
The project initially targeted LEED Silver certification, but the PCL team exceeded the requirements and ultimately achieved LEED Gold certification. Certification highlights included
• 83.80 percent of construction and demolition waste being diverted from landfill;
• 95 percent diversion rate for green wood, white wood, metals, drywall and concrete;
• 34.45 percent reduction in water use over the baseline fixture performance requirements;
• 44 percent reduction in energy costs over the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 Baseline Building; and,
• high-albedo materials covering 98.46 percent of the effective roof area.
“The Singhmar Centre for Learning further positions us as a modern and entrepreneurial organization that is progressive and nimble,” says NorQuest College president and CEO, Dr. Jodi Abbott. “It also allows us to provide our students with an incredible college experience.”
PCL’s collaboration with various stakeholders allowed the project to be completed on schedule and budget, enabling NorQuest to achieve their vision of an expanded downtown campus that will help meet Alberta’s current and future workforce needs.