College transportation building to be green
On Friday, November 20, a groundbreaking announcement was made at the demolished construction site located at 1764 Oxford St. East, the centres' future location.
The poor weather did not dampen the day as approximately 40 persons came from surrounding cities to support the launch of a new centre that will help London prosper as a city and as a community.
“The (centre) will mean big things for the students of Fanshawe,” said Howard Rundle, president of Fanshawe College. “London is uniquely placed for transportation students in this industry.”
The centre received federal and provincial funding totaling $31-million that was assisted through the Knowledge Infrastructure program.
Local Member of Parliament of London West, Ed Holder, said how impressed he is about this particular building and “its focus on transportation.”
“We have had tremendous cooperation with our provincial and federal counterparts,” he added.
The centre will house 1,500 students in its 16 classrooms, 13 labs and seven shops.
“It is very important to invest in our colleges and universities…the only way is to invest in the students of tomorrow in this province,” said Khalil Ramal, Member of Provincial Parliament London-Fanshawe.
Seventy training vehicles have already been donated towards the program.
In addition to the state-of-the-art equipment and learning tools, the highly anticipated facility will feature a variety of special green-inspired innovations, including the following:
- Vegetated green roofs that use drought-resistant plants to help keep the building cool in hot weather, maximize storm water retention, and protect the roof membrane from the sun's harmful rays.
- Solar-powered skylights that will use a GPS system to track the sun's position in the sky, and then adjust reflectors to maximize the amount of natural light directed into the shop areas, which in turn will reduce the need for artificial light throughout the day.
- Daylight harvesting light controls and occupancy sensors that will reduce light output when natural light is present or if rooms are unoccupied.
- A storm water reclamation system that collects rainwater in an underground storage tank and recycles it for toilet flushing and site irrigation.
- Energy-efficient windows with argon gas and Low-E coatings.
- Energy-efficient mechanical systems including variable speed drives, solar hot water heating, and occupancy sensors to reduce energy output when areas are unoccupied.
- Many environmentally friendly building materials including wall insulation, no/low VOC paints, and polished concrete floors in shop areas.
“This building represents vision…giving people of tomorrow opportunity,” added Holder.
Construction on the Centre for Applied Transportation Technologies project began late August to meet the KIP's completion deadline of March 2011.
Rod Cameron, dean of technology at Fanshawe College is “optimistic the building will be done on time.”
Students will start occupying the building in September 2011.
Once completed, the college's new CATT will be one of the most advanced transportation training centres in the country.