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Design team selected for Arctic College expansion

DCN News Service
Design team selected for Arctic College expansion

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT—Toronto-based Teeple Architects and Winnipeg’s Cibinel Architecture have been awarded the design of the Arctic College Expansion and New Community Centre in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

Roughly 2,169 square metres, the new facilities will accommodate 269 students and 37 staff by August 2019. The expansion and addition program includes fine arts and multimedia classrooms, fisheries training classrooms, digital labs, kitchen classrooms and other versatile learning spaces, explains a release.

"We’re excited for this opportunity to create architecture that responds to Iqaluit and the Arctic in every sense — technically, contextually, culturally and socially," says design architect and firm president, Stephen Teeple in a statement.

According to the release, "Nunavut Arctic College endeavours to be the college of choice for the people of Nunavut by offering culturally relevant programs of the highest national standard.

"Increasing the capacity and creating dynamic and inspiring spaces for this to take place is an amazing opportunity and necessary for the students and staff of the College."

The Teeple-Cibinel team will work with the Government of Nunavut, Arctic College and community members through an integrated design process in order to execute their vision for the new facilities.

"The Government of Nunavut has made education a priority in this current mandate. Building this new campus is a reflection of this priority and will provide the space necessary to expand much needed post-secondary education programs in Nunavut’s capital city," says Nunavut Arctic College Minister Paul Quassa.

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