Project Summary

  • Client

    Mohawk College

  • Budget


  • Size

    90,000 sq.ft.

  • Delivery Model

    Construction Management 

  • Year Completed 


  • Sector


The Story

The Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation (JCPI) at Mohawk College is a fast-tracked, net zero carbon building. The facility is the second project in Canada to earn a Zero Carbon Building – Design certification through the CaGBC’s cutting-edge Zero Carbon Building Program. Designed as a net-zero footprint facility including state-of-the-art labs, workshops, lecture theatres, industry training centres and showcase an iconic canopy roof with forked columns.

Green elements of the project include a variable refrigerant flow heat pumps system, high efficiency plumbing fixtures, as well as a high-performance building envelope to maximize heating, cooling and natural light. Geothermal wells, stormwater harvesting and a sensor-controlled LED lighting system throughout the building will enable the project to meet its net-zero goals.

Building Specifications

  • Five Stories; 96,000sqft
  • Capacity for 4,500 students

Energy Specifications

  • Photovoltaics - 5,015m2 array producing 500KWp AC; 1980 individual 330 watt panels [Canadian Solar].
  • Geothermal Field - 28 vertical bore holes, 183m deep; 4 slinky loop circuits, each circuit contains a 305m pipe installed in a 92m trench [GeoSource Energy].

Energy Management Strategy

The needs and behaviour of the building’s occupants were assessed to determine the energy requirements. Parameters included:

  • Building enclosure performance to reduce heating & cooling losses;
  • Mechanical system performance to optimize ventilation, heating, and cooling distribution; and,
  • Electrical system performance to optimize lighting requirements.

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