Architecture Spotlight: Exterior of RRC’s new trades centre stimulated by a birch woodland


The new Skilled Trades and Technology Centre (STTC) on the Notre Dame campus of Red River College (RRC) in Winnipeg is a training centre for extra than 1,000 college students in high-demand fields of employment.
But its outside shows some thing pretty unique. It resembles, if the viewer makes use of a piece of creativeness, the timber that cowl a part of Manitoba.
Inspiration for the exterior become a birch woodland, stated Doug Hanna, an architect with Number TEN Architectural Group in Winnipeg and the main in charge of the project.
“The reputedly random patterns of black, white and wooden-coloured aluminum panels and home windows have been inspired by using the visible cues from a birch forest and was achieved to create a non-institutional feel and make a greater casual and inviting environment for college students,” stated Hanna.
The outside of the STTC is a focus of RRC’s Notre Dame campus, placed about five miles northwest of downtown Winnipeg.
Work on the 2-storey, 104,000-rectangular-foot constructing began in August 2015 and finished in July 2018, in time for training in September.
The building is orientated round a skylit central galleria which serves a pedestrian street that is nearly -football fields long.
It is flanked with floor-to-ceiling windows that check out the each of the workshops.

“Every workshop and classroom has sizeable glazing into the galleria to inspire transparency, collaboration and sharing of information,” stated Hanna. “Think of it as a shopping center of training for the trades.”
A quantity of applications had been moved from present buildings at the RRC campus into the STTC: electric, sheet metal, refrigeration and carpentry.
Manufacturing and aerospace are placed within the 6,000-rectangular-foot Smart Factory, which is a part of the new centre.
The Smart Factory will incorporate such rising technologies as robotics, automation, additive production, excessive-pace robotic inspection and commercial networking.
“The present buildings have been constructed in the past due Sixties and early 1970s and have been beyond the age at which they might be efficiently retrofitted,” said Patrick Kuzyk, RRC’s chief capital initiatives officer.

The project became designed with the aid of Number TEN, the prime specialists on the challenge, with Pico Architecture, which became called Ager Little Architects Inc. Whilst it took at the STTC assignment.
“We cut up the design levels 50/50 with Number TEN,” said Gail Little, principal of Pico. “During the layout stages we had two senior architects from every agency in every layout assembly. In the development documentation section, Number TEN took a leading function inside the detailing and we led the gadget co-ordination and format.”
Little said two of Pico’s architects within the STTC mission have been also worried in a comparable constructing at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Man.
“A school of trades and era is based heavily on constructing infrastructure to characteristic correctly, and we carried out lots of our classes found out in Brandon into the project at RRC,” she stated. “Program equipment has a full-size have an impact on on layout and workshop layouts and having that revel in and know-how background with comparable gadget and tool requirements greatly contributed to the fulfillment at Red River.”
RRC, Number TEN and Pico advanced a venture constitution to guide the design and development of the STTC.
“The guiding ideas had been sustainability, innovation accelerator, context and connections, photo and showcase,” stated Little. “The selection matrix for every component of design changed into measured through these ideas.”
Each change changed into celebrated in the layout and detailing of the task, stated Little.
“Each workshop entry has a exchange exhibit, a show case that celebrates the materials, tools and approaches of each application and enables in constructing way-finding,” she stated. “Cut-offs and equipment accumulated in the course of production are embedded inside the polished concrete ground as artifacts to discover.”
The STTC has many sustainability functions. They consist of, in element, stormwater control through a rain lawn, a well-to-well geothermal device, green roof, solar panels, raw styles of interior substances wherever possible, a green dashboard displaying sustainability statistics, over 1,000 constructing envelope sensors, LED mild furnishings and ample use of herbal mild.
The STTC is concentrated on LEED Gold popularity from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).


RRC college students performed an energetic part within the layout and creation system.
“Masonry students constructed mock-u.S.A.To assist review brick selections, mortar joint kinds and to check anti-graffiti coatings,” said Little. “Carpentry students constructed workshop benches for the new shop spaces. Architectural generation college students examined the constructing’s BIM models.”
For their efforts at the STTC project, Number TEN and Pico had been identified with the 2018 CaGBC (Manitoba Chapter) Excellence in Green Building – New Construction award and the 2018 Manitoba Masonry Design Award of Merit.