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Lakehead University Magazine Fall/Winter 2008

A Leader in Environmental Design

Lakehead is building an energy-efficient campus in Orillia that meets the highest certification standards

By Heather Scott

Lakehead University Orillia Campus Master Plan

Lakehead University Orillia Campus will be the first university campus in Canada to be designed and built to the very highest standards of energy efficiency and environmental design. When the first structure opens in 2010, it will be a LEED Platinum building certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System (LEED) endorsed by the Canadian Green Building Council of Canada.

The Master Plan, prepared by MHPM Project Managers Inc./Diamond & Schmitt Architects, was presented to the Lakehead University Board of Governors on June 19 and to the Orillia community during an informal Open House held in the Campus Library on Wednesday, June 25, 2008.

"The design and layout that is being developed for the Lakehead University Orillia Campus will put the University in a league of its own, and will clearly demonstrate its commitment to meeting the challenge of sustainability in a changing global environment," says Project Manager David Nesbitt.

Phase 1 will accommodate up to 1,500 students and 68 faculty members, including 1,200 classroom seats, four labs, a Library/Learning Commons, food service area, and a separate 250-bed residence.

Interior, Phase 1
Interior View, Phase 1
To qualify as a LEED Platinum campus, Lakehead must score a minimum of 52 points on a checklist which offers credits for sustainable practices in six broad categories: sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovation and design process. The overall goal is to reduce energy consumption and minimize water use and waste production.

Students who choose Lakehead University Orillia Campus will study in an environment that will be built to the highest levels of environmental responsibility," says Fred Gilbert, President of Lakehead University. "Not only will the campus ensure the long-term sustainability and vitality of Lakehead University, it will place Lakehead in the enviable position of being a continental leader in energy conservation, ecological awareness, and social consciousness."


Master Plan
Phase 1

Site Development: Minimize storm water run-off; encourage carpooling and bicycling; encourage compact development and green space

Water Efficiency: Capture rain water for toilets and site irrigation; reduce water consumption; minimize/treat wastewater

Energy Efficiency: Reduce energy consumption; use renewable energy Material Selection: Minimize construction waste; use recycled, salvaged or renewable materials; encourage use of local and low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials

Indoor Environmental Quality: Incorporate day lighting and improve delivery of ventilation air Innovation in Design: Use a LEED-accredited professional; incorporate innovative environmental features not covered in other areas.

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