Diamond Schmitt Architects; Sahuri + Partners Architects
Approx. 15,500 m2
Structural Engineering Consultant
Targeting LEED® Gold
2018 Wood WORKS! Alberta Prairie Wood Design Awards, Institutional Wood Design
The Trades and Technologies Renewal and Innovation Project (TTRIP) dramatically updated Lethbridge College’s Trade and Technologies program facilities with modern shop spaces, classrooms, offices, labs, and applied research spaces. Showcasing the school’s current and emerging programs and technologies, the school has been designed with flexibility in mind to accommodate future functional space requirements.
TTRIP brings all trades programs under the same roof, including Crooks School of Transportation, Agricultural and Heavy Equipment Technology, Wind Turbine Technology, engineering technology disciplines, and various apprenticeship training programs.
Challenge: To create a flexible space that could be adapted to meet the ever-changing needs of technology programs – in terms of enrolment numbers, industry needs, and emerging technologies – and to provide structural elements complementing the architectural features.
Solution: Entuitive’s engineers chose structural systems that achieve open concept spaces through economy of material. Of note is the two-storey hub of classrooms and offices, which employs the first-known use of spherical-voided slab – or, “bubbledeck” – in Alberta. It allows for floor spans greater than 13 metres long with minimal slab depth, in comparison to conventional cast-in-place concrete or steel systems. Finally, the desired wave-form roof was achieved using glued laminated timber – glulam – a low-cost and sustainable wood product suitable for curvilinear forms.