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Mohawk College net zero build underway

DCN News Service
Mohawk College net zero build underway

HAMILTON, ONT.—EllisDon broke ground on the first net zero energy institutional building at Mohawk College’s Fennell campus in Hamilton recently.

In addition to renovations to existing labs, EllisDon, in partnership with McCallum Sather Architects and B+H Architects, will erect a 90,000-square-foot Centre for Partnership and Innovation, a release indicates.

The building will be part of Mohawk College’s technology department renewal, which is expected to increase enrolment from 1,000 to 4,500 students over the next five years.

This will be the first official pilot project in the Carbon Impact Initiative (CII) that launched in June 2016 under the Low Carbon Agenda. EllisDon is joined by major industry stakeholders in the CII such as ASF Canada, WSP Group, the Cement Association of Canada, Cricket Energy, Enbridge Gas Distribution and Cisco Systems whose goal is kickstarting action on climate change.

"The Centre for Partnership and Innovation building will be a very important addition to the college," said Natasha Arsenijevich, program co-ordinator, sustainable building services, in a statement.

"It will set the standard for high-performance buildings in Ontario, and it will be the first pilot project registered under the Carbon Impact Initiative."

This will be the largest addition to the Fennell campus since it first opened five decades ago, the release adds.

The innovation centre is set to be completed by spring 2018.

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