Red River College Offers Sneak Preview of New Skilled Trades and Technology Centre

The future of skilled trades education in Manitoba was on full display Thursday, March 16 as Red River College hosted a special preview event at the new 100,000 sq. ft. Skilled Trades and Technology Centre construction site. Over 200 guests had the exclusive opportunity to learn more about the showcase building at Red River College’s Notre Dame Campus that is poised to welcome up to 1,000 students per year in high-demand trades and technology in 2018.

The event attracted representatives from a variety of areas including Winnipeg’s industry and community leaders, academic administrators, as well as students and alumni. The program featured speeches by Elder Mae Louise Campbell, Mayor Brian Bowman, Minister of Education and Training Ian Wishart, college President and CEO Paul Vogt and Partner Doug Hanna of Number TEN Architectural Group.

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Left to right: Doug Hanna, Paul Vogt, Ian Wishart and Brian Bowman prepare to address the audience.

“What a spectacular building,” said Mayor Bowman during his address to the audience. “It really is a good symbol for how we are building our city.” Bowman, as well as Minister Wishart expressed awe at the sheer scale of the facility, which spans the length of two US football fields (without end zones).

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The Skilled Trades and Technology Centre, under construction, will be a game changer for the skilled trades industry in Manitoba.

President and CEO Paul Vogt added that the Skilled Trades and Technology Centre “will be a huge benefit for future leaders and will be a great resource for industry.” He described how faculty, staff and students were engaged by the architects in the design process, which he feels will “enhance its value for future students.” Vogt also described how the LEED-Gold target building embodies Red River College’s values of sustainability as well as leadership in applied research, technology and innovation.

Number TEN Partner and project lead Doug Hanna, speaking on behalf of the project’s large multi-disciplinary project team including associate architects Ager Little Architects Inc., described the collaborative design process as well as the guiding principles behind the design and its unique features. These include the building’s innovative solar shade wall, green roof, internal “galleria” pedestrian street, innovation lab for robotics and advanced manufacturing, geothermal energy system, building sensors and an interactive green kiosk at the main entrance that will display the building’s energy performance in real-time.