Following an architecture competition, Dialog, along with EllisDon and Smoke Architecture, has been commissioned to design the Centennial College A Block Expansion Building.

Due for completion in 2023, it’s described by the architects as Canada’s first zero-carbon, mass timber higher-education building.The Centennial College A Block Expansion Building has a budget of CAD 105 million (roughly US$80 million) and will be built using sustainably-sourced wood, though as of writing we’re waiting on word from Dialog as to whether or not its structure will be solely timber, like Norway’s Mjøstårnet, or will incorporate a concrete core, like Brock Commons.

With its ample glazing and white aluminum detailing, the building will bear a resemblance to the stunning Calgary Central Library, which makes sense since Dialog co-designed it with Snøhetta. However, its overall design is very much informed by Indigenous Canadian culture and it will create new academic spaces with flexible classrooms teaching both Western and Indigenous subjects.

 

 

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