About the Project
In November 2015, Selkirk College got the green light for renewal of its 50-year-old trades training facility. With $14.2 million in funding from the Provincial Government, aiming to invest in training facilities and equipment, the college forged ahead with the planned $23 million renewal.
Most of the trades training programs offered by Selkirk College are delivered at the Silver King Campus. The College serves over 10,000 students annually with about 500 trades seats at the Silver King Campus.
Project Update - September 27, 2018
Director of Facilities Ron Zaitsoff has prepared the following summary of what it takes to meet LEED project requirements and how it fits into what is currently taking place on the project.
One of the requirements Selkirk College is obligated to achieve with the Silver King Campus renovation project is LEED certification. This is one of the requirements that is tied to the project funding. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building rating system used to provide a framework to create healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. For the renovated buildings (North and South Trades), LEED Silver is required and for the new buildings (Carpentry and Student Commons), LEED Gold must be achieved. The higher level of certification indicates more sustainable and energy efficient/low environmental impact features are integral to the building construction and eventual building operation.
Some of the LEED features incorporated into the renovated North and South Trades shops include energy efficient LED lighting, variable speed exhaust fans to exhaust only the required amount of conditioned air from the buildings, and energy efficient building make-up air handlers. These air handlers also include heat recovery ventilators which extract heat from building exhaust air to reduce the amount of warm air make-up. All of this is done to ultimately reduce the amount of natural gas we have to burn in our central boiler plant to provide warm air during the winter months.
The new Carpentry Building has the above energy efficient electrical and mechanical features as well as a large component of sustainable building materials (lots of wood construction). LEED also touches on longer term building operation and site conditions. For the Silver King Campus site this includes Scent Safe buildings, green cleaning supplies, preferred carpool parking stalls (11 in total) as well as drought resistant landscaping features.
The new Student Commons Building is intended to become a social hub for the campus. It includes gathering spaces for students as well as the library/bookstore, kitchen/cafeteria and some administration offices. The building is located centrally on campus to give easy access for students to provide space for studying, networking, breaks and of course, good food.
The building design was deliberate to include the crafts of the trades training on campus which include steel work, carpentry and fine woodworking. LEED features in this building include very high insulation levels in building wall and roof construction, very efficient mechanical air handling systems as well as provision for a future EV charging station adjacent the building. This building will be cooled using the existing water chiller used to provide cooling for the Classroom Block. The refrigerant will be changed to a more environmentally friendly material as part of the project.
The Student Commons Building is located on an area of vacant grass lands between the Classroom Block and North Trades building. An area of the Silver King Campus site has been designated as "no-build for life of the building" to satisfy LEED requirements. This no-build area is located on the east boundary of the property and still leaves ample area on the campus for a possible future student housing project.
As for what is currently happening and what will be taking place over the next couple week, here is the report… also provided by Director of Facilities Ron Zaitsoff.
New Carpentry Building
The Project Team worked some extra long hours in September to have the final elements completed in the new carpentry shop so it would be ready for student use beginning September 17. This work included construction of the outside deck platform, compound fencing, lumber storage racks and relocation of all the shop equipment from the old Carpentry shop to the new one. Thanks to all those involved in this extra effort, including College crews that worked on moving the equipment over.
We did have a few hiccups with the new shop dust collection system and appreciate the patience of students and instructors as these were resolved over the course of the first week of operation. There are still a small number of final finishes to be completed in this building. These will be addressed over the next few weeks.
Student Commons Building
The focus of construction on Student Commons is completion of permanent civil work. This includes permanent power fed from the Maintenance/Boiler Building distribution panel, sewer, water and building heating/cooling water tie-ins. The power installation will require the lower roadway to the back of the cafeteria to be utilized so it will be out of service sometime in the next week or so. The duration of time the roadway is out of service will be minimized, but please obey signage and use alternate routes during this time.
Interior finishes work continues. The elevator is expected to arrive the last week of September for installation over the following four to five weeks.
If you have any concerns or questions about the above information please contact Communications Coordinator Bob Hall at email@example.com.
A look at the Student Commons Building where focus will now be placed on the interior finishing.
Watch for more to come about this exciting renewal of our Silver King Campus in Rosemont.