This first building on Lakehead University’s new Orillia Campus sets a strong precedent for all future development. The design approach was guided by three fundamental principles. First, to achieve LEED Platinum certification and deliver a building that is robust, adaptable/flexible, and ‘Future Proof.’ The second design principle was to integrate architecture, landscape and building systems to create a welcoming and collegial environment that inspires and compels people to interact, learn and inspire. Finally, the building avoids grandstanding architecture in deference to elegant contemporary design that expresses ‘quiet dignity’ and sets a viable standard and context for future buildings on the campus.
Committed to local community and environment, Lakehead wished to create a green campus where ‘sustainability’ is a part of every student’s education. Sustainable design strategies include on-site storm water management with integrated grey water recycling system; use of regional materials; optimization of energy performance, achieved in part by the use of a geothermal system and maximization of natural light, views and ventilation.
“We have a particular philosophy of education at Lakehead that is inquiry-based and interdisciplinary. This building was designed with that in mind—it’s student-centred.”
—Dr. Kim Fedderson, Dean, Orillia Campus, Lakehead University