November 16th, 2018

The Joyce Centre wins HBSA Award

mcCallumSather and B+H were recently recognized at The Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects Awards. The bi-annual Awards of Excellence celebrates and recognizes the exceptional work of the local architecture community. We are honoured to announce we received an award of merit for The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation at Mohawk College.

“We believe this facility will serve as inspiration for what can be achieved through a unified team process to integrate innovative design solutions and proven building system technologies to achieve net zero energy and zero carbon facilities. Congratulations to Mohawk College, consultants and our staff. This award recognizes their vision, hard work and dedication to the design and construction of exceptional, sustainable environments,” says Joanne McCallum, CEO and co-founder of the firm.

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The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation at Mohawk College certified as Canada’s largest institutional net carbon building upon opening its doors in September 2018. Students, staff and public experience the 96,000 SF of solar-powered state-of-the-art labs, workshops, open study spaces and lecture theatres, creating a new paradigm for sustainable building and learning in North America. This project has captured the interest of people around the world, helping to raise the profile of environmental stewardship. This building demonstrates to the community and City the willingness to be part of the cultural global shift.

The Joyce Centre’s technology includes:
• High-performance building envelope which maximizes natural light in the building and significantly reduces the
building’s heating and cooling loads
• Solar photovoltaic panel arrays generating 721,000 kWh of clean, renewable electricity per year
• A solar thermal system that provides heat for the domestic hot water system
• 28 geothermal wells
• Variable refrigerant fl ow heat pump system
• Storm water harvesting of up to 228,000 litres
• Sensor-controlled LED lighting
• Green roof with extensive planted areas
• High-efficiency plumbing fixtures

It is vital that projects like JCPI showcase the state-of-the-art environmental technologies available that significantly reduce carbon emissions. This project is particularly impactful as it demonstrates net zero in a challenging climate where -30 C
and + 30 C days both occur.

The building carefully knits within the campus fabric and draws people into an engaging and interconnected social learning space. Addressing the intense technical challenges of net zero without sacrificing the aesthetics; a crisp façade design and elegant PV panel array support structures create a new landmark on campus.