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ity to handle this not only in terms of their
capacity and within our timeframe, but
also because of their experience with LEED
platinum buildings."
The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation is a 96,000-square-foot, five-story
building. "No one has worked on a net-zero
energy building of this magnitude and size
in Canada to our knowledge," Cupido says.
"We needed the right team and capacity in
place. So far our experience with EllisDon
has been excellent. They assembled a strong
site team that has helped us get through
all the challenges to get the project done
quickly. They have a good group of subcontractors in place and have made sure there
is a push to facilitate material delivery."

of the envelope is unique and needed to
achieve the net-zero requirement, so the
performance of it is one of the most critical
parts of the project," Visconti says. "A lot of
attention gets paid to the sequence of the
work and making sure the assumptions
made on the thermal energy model are constructible, and get implemented on-site."
Walters Group, an Ontario-based family
owned steel construction company, per-

formed the steel fabrication and erection
of The Joyce Centre for Partnership &
Innovation. "Mohawk and Walters go way
back," Walters Project Manager Kevin McElhone says. "We worked with the college for
many years by providing teach assistance,
providing co-op placements for engineering
graduates and hire their graduates."
The Joyce Centre for Partnership &
Innovation was a unique project for Walters

A First of its Kind
The Joyce Centre for Partnership &
Innovation will feature solar-powered
labs, workshops, open study space and a
lecture theater. It will have a 500-kilowatt
AC solar panel system that will generate
721,000-kilowatt hours of clean electricity per year, which is enough to power 45
Canadian homes per year.
Based on the season, The Joyce Center
for Partnership & Innovation regulates its
temperature by transferring heat to or from
the ground using a series of 28 geothermal
wells. The building will consume energy at
a rate of 75 equivalent kilowatt-hours per
square meter per year, which is 2.8 times
more efficient than the average Canadian
secondary school consumes, according to
Mohawk College.
EllisDon was brought onboard at the
end of August 2016 to assist the design
team. "Because of the pace of the project,
we couldn't wait until design was complete,
so we procured the work on a sequential
basis to start construction early," EllisDon
Project Manager Andrew Visconti says.
"That allowed the design team to continue
on with their work while we got trades on
board early to work simultaneously during
the development of design."
To date, 60 percent of the envelope is
complete with an April 30 deadline to have
the building substantially completed. EllisDon expects the building to be completely
finished in August 2018. "The performance

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