Designed by HOK
Photos by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography
This four-storey multi-purpose facility replaced the existing 40 year-old, two-storey structure that used to house the performing arts program. The Lakeshore Commons building includes classrooms, labs, faculty offices, student project space, learning commons, a cafeteria, and a new media communications centre which includes film-editing suite and a small TV studio. This building has become the focal point of the Humber Lakeshore campus.
The central chilled water plant was upgraded to include a new evaporative closed loop fluid cooler which provides free cooling to the Lakeshore Commons building and the existing campus during the shoulder seasons. Low flow fixtures, enthalpy recovery and demand ventilation are other sustainable strategies that were implemented for this building.
Combinations of light sources were utilized to complement the different building uses. Occupancy and daylight sensors are used throughout the building to reduce energy consumption. Classroom and lab lighting and audio visual systems are integrated and can be controlled through a single touch screen at the teaching lectern.
The telecommunications infrastructure reflects flexibility and growth as the key design goals, capable of supporting latest technologies including VoIP, wireless, audio/visual and interactive learning. The new building was designed as an extension to the existing campus area network with backbone connectivity to existing data centre facilities.