Located in Thunder Bay, Confederation College is a national leader in Indigenous education. The Confederation College Wellness Centre is a modern, multi-use facility that promotes student fitness, health and well-being. It is also a gathering place for students and the community. Minowaadiziiwin (which means “to lead a good life”) is reflected in the facility’s programs, as well as its design and architecture: both of which celebrate the Indigenous cultural values of northwestern Ontario. The use of glue-laminated timbers in the construction creates a connection to nature and honours the importance of sustainability.
This project used about 94 cubic meters of wood products which can grow in about 15 seconds in the U.S. and Canadian forests. Approximately 76 metric tons of CO2 are stored in this wood, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 29 metric tons of CO2/year. This is equivalent to 11 cars off the road for one year.
Confederation College SUCCI Wellness Centre is a 39,900sf new build + 4,700sf renovation to the existing C-Wing of the Shuiniah Building. The new build incorporates a 2-storey recreation complex which includes a competition-size gymnasium, running track, weight rooms and multi-purpose rooms, as well as ancillary support amenities. It is connected to the main campus building and includes a renovation of existing space to accommodate the link and access by staff and students. Cost for the project is estimated at $11.8M and it was designed in a compressed time frame. This state of the art facility was designed with durable materials, variety of structural spans, high performance mechanical systems and multi-purpose uses. The project is a design-build, in partnership with Tom Jones Corporation.