New Trades Building Developed By Infrastructure Ontario
The new Trades Building at the William E. Hay Youth Centre will feature more than 3,500 square feet of space on both ground floors and mezzanine level. Infrastructure Ontario is overseeing the project's development on behalf of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Engineers from NORR Architects designed the facility to complement the existing main building and cottages on site and Dalren Limited General Contractors is building it.
The success of the Youth Services Bureau program has led to the need for a small, dedicated outbuilding for skills-building courses such as dry-walling, woodworking and small engine repair. Together with several community partners, The Youth Services Bureau program supports youth in the justice system by providing innovative programs and counselling to promote positive behavioural change.
The main elements of the facility include a general workshop, automotive and metal shop and a greenhouse. It will be an educational facility designed to meet Algonquin College teaching facility standards and could potentially be geared towards a pre-apprenticeship program. The focus of the programs provided is skill development, which demands flexible spaces for a range of activities.
The building has a shed shape with a north-south orientation and high windows and glazing. This enables natural lighting inside the space, which fits into an overall sustainability strategy. The plan is to apply for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. The building is already registered with the Canada Green Building Council.
Infrastructure Ontario In Ottawa
Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario that works to deliver public benefits through partnerships with the private sector. It delivers large, complex public infrastructure projects using a made-in-Ontario modern procurement and project management practice called Alternative Financing and Procurement. Infrastructure Ontario also partners with the private sector to manage one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada, provides municipalities and eligible public sector clients with loans to renew public infrastructure and leverages its private-sector expertise to advise provincial public sector clients on commercial transactions. Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information. Some of Infrastructure Ontario's Ottawa projects are:
- Project in development for the University of Ottawa Heart Institute
- Projects completed for Montfort Hospital and Ottawa Cancer Centre
- New green roof installed at Ottawa Courthouse, featuring 60 varieties of plants
- Loans to support capital repairs at Ottawa Community Housing Corporation have been fully executed