Diamond Schmitt Architects
Approx. 15,500 m2
Targeting LEED® Silver
The Trades and Technologies Renewal and Innovation Project (TTRIP) dramatically updates 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 will bring all trades programs under the same roof, including Crooks School of Transportation, programs such as Agricultural and Heavy Equipment technology, Wind Turbine technology, and 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.