New George Brown facility will churn out efficient-building grads
November 10, 2014 - George Brown College’s (Toronto, Ont.) new applied research facility—the Green Building Centre, which officially opened today—is training students in things like advanced construction systems and computer-enabled, efficient buildings while simultaneously creating space for industry partners to conduct full-scale development projects.
By Anthony Capkun
“Today’s grand opening means that our government’s investment will make it possible for further research and product testing in areas like energy-efficient buildings to take place…” said Gary Goodyear, minister of state for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
Located within George Brown’s Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies, the facility will enable an estimated 160 research projects with industry partners in its first five years, and has already created nearly 60 jobs. It offers industry space for “innovation, R&D testing and compliance”, says the college, allowing partners to create new products “that will have a lasting impact on the community”.
The Green Building Centre includes a number of new labs for students to work alongside industry partners, including the Building Automation Lab for testing products that make buildings smarter and more energy efficient.
The building is supported by a $6.6-million FedDev Ontario contribution, matched by George Brown’s own investment of $6.8 million.
PHOTO of official opening of George Brown College’s Green Building Centre (left to right): Robert Luke, VP Applied Research & Innovation, George Brown College; Gary Goodyear, minister of state for FedDev Ontario; Bernard Trottier, MP Etobicoke-Lakeshore; Trudy Puls, Roxul; Jamie McIntyre, program coordinator, George Brown College; Laura Jo Gunter, VP Academic, George Brown College; and Brad Shapiro, student. (Photo courtesy George Brown College.)