Camosun's Centre for Trades Education and Innovation is a new 7,432 square metre (80,000 square foot) building. It will house a marine and metal trades training program that includes welding, sheet metal, metal fabrication, nautical and ship building and repair programs.
Striving for LEED gold
The mechanical trades program will train students in heavy-duty commercial truck transport mechanics and automotive service technician. Trades students will benefit from study space in a large open atrium, classroom and lab space, as well as an outdoor trades work yard for project and practical work.
The new facilities meet BC's Wood First policy and LEED gold standard requirement.
What is LEED?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green building in over 132 countries. LEED works because it recognizes that sustainability should be at the heart of all buildings – in their design, construction and operation. Over the past 11 years, the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) has certified over 1,000 LEED buildings in Canada and registered over 4000, the second highest number in the world.
Sustainable Sites – Site Design strategies
Part of the Sustainable Sites section of the LEED certification process looks at site design strategies, this includes creating and implementing an Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan (ESC) to reduce construction pollution.
Some of these strategies which have been implemented in the CTEI project include:
Tire washing station
A tire washing station has been installed to minimize dust and the amount of sediment leaving the construction zone. As a vehicle drives over the washing station, mud and sediments are washed from the wheels and this reduces soil transport off the site. Water from the washing station also moistens the road and reduces dust.
Silt fencing was installed around the construction site. Its purpose is to retain the soil and avoid sedimentation of storm sewers and receiving streams. This prevents the degradation of nearby aquatic habitats and prevents soil from washing onto roads, which readily transport it to storm sewers.
Mulching has occurred at various areas of the construction site. Mulching is an erosion control practice which uses mulch material (wood chips for CTEI site) to stabilize exposed soil surfaces. Mulching can also reduce storm water velocity and improve the infiltration of runoff.
Trees and Lumber
Part of the LEED certification process looks at Green infrastructure and buildings, which promotes construction that reduces energy and water use, while promoting more sustainable use of materials, reuse of existing and historic structures and other sustainable best practices.
In getting the CTEI site ready for construction, a number of trees were taken down. The lumber from the project was sent to Coastland Wood Industries, with approximately 80% of the wood being delivered by truck to Nanaimo (20% was millable for lumber and the remainder went to pulp). Some salvaged wood was used in other unique ways:
- The fine woodworking program at Camosun used two large pieces of Arbutus to turn into a bench for the new building.
- 10 loads of wood chips were left on site for the college to use in the pathway.
- 80 loads of wood chips were delivered to various farms in the community for use on their cow and horse pastures.