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Centennial College's Ashtonbee Campus, Toronto

Photo: Mark Kempf, St. Louis

Stainless steel panels specified for a project on Centennial College's Ashtonbee Campus were inspired by the engines operated by students, according to MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects. Dri-Design metal wall panels were installed on a library, learning center and student hub with adjoining student center and bookstore.

Ted Watson, project design principal and partner at MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, says the college developed successful transportation partnerships and training programs, but the campus needed reinvestment to address safety, identity, accessibility and infrastructure issues. "The client's primary goal was to rejuvenate the campus and deliver student-oriented services to support and evolve thriving academic programming."

Semple Gooder Roofing Corp. installed 26,000 square feet of Dri-Design's stainless steel Tapered Series and standard wall panels. Sub-girts were installed over Henry Co.'s Blueskin vapor barrier on Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC's DensDeck. Stainless- steel flashings and Roxul Inc.'s insulation were laid in place before the Dri-Design panels were secured to the sub-girts.

The Tapered panels have a 2-inch depth variation on either side. Combined with the flat panel profile, these variations created five panel sizes that reveal a shifting pattern and light reflection. The brushed stainless steel wall panels and polished stainless steel on the library's soffit creates a campus gateway.

Watson says the mirrored effect picks up the movement of people and cars as fragmented patterns of color and light. "This creates a bold and memorable arrival onto campus," he says.

The library and hub are highly transparent and feature panoramic views. The library connects the new campus with the old campus and serves as a bridge to the original front entrance of the 1940s Ashtonbee Building, which contains a bookstore, student center and classrooms. The student center and bookstore are located at grade across from the hub to connect the two service spaces.

Brad Zeeff, president of Dri-Design, says the project illustrates how metal can bring a building's purpose to life. "This was a fast-track project and everyone involved should be impressed with the craftsmanship and artful design that is both inviting and inspiring."

Peter Sjouwerman, manager of the metal cladding division with Semple Gooder, says, "There is consistency in the Dri-Design panel dimensions, and they fit together well and are easily assembled."

Architect: MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects, Toronto

Installer: Semple Gooder Roofing Corp., Toronto

Insulation: Roxul Inc., Milton, Ontario, Canada,

Metal wall panels: Dri-Design, Holland, Mich.,

Roof boards: Georgia-Pacific Gypsum LLC, Atlanta,

Vapor barrier: Henry Co., El Segundo, Calif.,