Education, Transportation

Aviation Campus, Canadore College

North Bay, Canada

Located at Jack Garland Airport, the new $12M facility serves the College’s rapidly expanding aviation program.  The 83,000 s.f. facility is an airside/groundside facility, meaning that the building straddles the security fence separating the public areas from the restricted areas of the airport.  Initial planning work concentrated on maximizing access to existing airport infrastructure including taxiways and runways.  It was also critical that the building project a powerful public image and evoke simple, yet powerful ideas about aviation-related architectural form and materials.  This multi award-winning campus is one of the first of its kind in Canada combining post-secondary programs with hands-on on-site training specific to the aviation industry. (in jv with Larocque Elder Architects)


Canadore College of Applied Arts and Technology
North Bay, Ontario, Canada


Site – 7.6 acres (3 ha)
Building – 82,000 s.f. (7618 m2)
2 Storey Facility


Aircraft Hangar
Technical Laboratories
Auditorium / Lecture Theatre
Student Lounges
Faculty Offices

Sustainable Features

  • Daylighting maximized
  • Natural ventilation
  • Ecological restoration using low maintenance native species
  • Naturalized stormwater management + treatment on-site
  • Bicycle racks, change-rooms encourage use of bicycle transportation
  • Collaborative design process employed to set goals and targets for environmental performance criteria and identify creative solutions


  • Architectural Award, Ontario Steel Design Awards,
    Canadian Institute of Steel Construction
  • Citation Award for Design Share,
    School Construction News
  • Design Concept Awards, Council of Educational
    Facility Planners International


  • “Lift off for North Bay” Albert Warson, Building Magazine, Dec/Jan 2006