Sheridan A-wing building
(Artist's Rendering)

Sheridan’s mission to bring its skilled trades programs to Brampton is taking shape as the construction of their new home progresses at the Davis campus. The new A-wing building is moving steadily towards a January 2017 opening and will welcome the programs currently held at the Skilled Trades Centre (STC) in Oakville in September 2017.

The move will bring together complementary programs within FAST, enabling students in the apprenticeship and trades programs to become integrated with one of Sheridan’s main campuses, and create collaboration and resource sharing opportunities with the engineering students at Davis.

Inside Sheridan A-wing building
Construction Update

The shell of the building, including all the structural steel, has been completed. The summer and fall were spent preparing the site and doing underground plumbing. The construction team worked throughout the winter on the building siding, and began the interior concrete block walls. In the coming weeks, teams will be focusing on installing window frames, skylights and the roof to enclose the building. Construction of the bridge to Davis C-wing is slated for summer 2016.

Sheridan A-wing building
Design and Program Moves

The Davis A-wing project team in Facilities has been working closely with FAST to complete the design of the general classrooms in the new building, and are currently working on design for the common gathering areas for students. The furniture purchasing process has been taking place in parallel with furniture planning for the new building at the Hazel McCallion Campus.

Logistics planning will begin in earnest this Spring and early summer to prepare the following programs for moves to Davis, in time to begin classes in September 2017:

  • Apprenticeship programs: Electrician - Construction & Maintenance, General Machinist, Industrial Mechanic Millwright, Tool and Die Maker
  • Electrical Techniques
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Mechanical Technician – Tool Making
  • Mechanical Techniques – Plumbing
  • Mechanical Techniques – Tool and Die Maker
  • Welding Techniques
  • School College Work Initiatives (SCWI) Dual-Credit programs

The program equipment moves will take place gradually over summer 2017. Classes scheduled at STC for the summer 2017 semester will proceed as scheduled, and will move to Davis once the semester ends.

Building Features

At 130,000 square feet and three stories, the new A-wing will be the second largest building at the Davis campus. The design reflects the applied nature of the programs that will call it home, exposing some elements of the building structure, and bringing in lots of natural light through plenty of windows and a skylight in the central atrium. The rugged exterior finishes of concrete, weathering steel, and stainless steel reflect the industrial nature of the programs taught in the building. A-wing will include dedicated workshops (each 20% larger in size than those currently at STC) for plumbing, electrical, machining, industrial mechanic millwright, welding and construction skills.

In addition to the many workshops and specialized spaces for the skilled trades, A-wing will also include 22 moveable/flexible general use classrooms, and a 3,500 square foot learning commons with open tables for studying and group work.

Sheridan A-wing building Sustainability:

Like the new building at the Hazel McCallion campus, A-wing is being built with sustainability top of mind. When complete, it will use under 100 kilowatt-hours of energy per square metre per year, supporting Sheridan’s Mission Zero Goal of reducing energy use and carbon emissions by 50% by 2020.

Highlights of A-wing’s sustainability features include:

  • A new Energy Centre: a living lab with glass walls, displayed energy use metrics, and an overlooking classroom that will allow for more efficient heating and cooling across multiple buildings on campus from a central point.
  • A 24,000-gallon rain water cistern, which will collect rainwater from the roof to offset half of the water used in the building for toilets and urinals annually.
  • A rooftop solar power array of 100 panels capable of generating 33,600 kWh per year, saving 2.6 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions.

For more information about the new A-wing at Davis and stay up-to-date on construction progress, visit the new project website.

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