BNKC Designs The Laborers’ International Union of North America’s New Facility

The Laborers’ International Union of North America’s (LiUNA) new 48,000 square foot addition and 18,000 square foot renovation serves the increasing demand for training and skills certification in the construction industry.

Photo credit: BNKC Architects

Designed by Toronto-based architect and urban design firm BNKC, LiUNA Local 506 Training Centre accommodates approximately 120 more apprentices and four programs including construction craft worker, cement finisher, precast erector, and hazmat worker.

BNKC was retained for full architectural services to implement the project, and to complete a Functional Programming and Master Plan Study for the expansion of the existing 17,600 sq. ft. facility.

“To attract a new workforce and meet today’s increasing demand for skills training in construction, this inviting and well-designed facility will serve the Greater Toronto Area and its needs for years to come,” said Elie Newman, partner at the Toronto-based architecture and urban design firm BNKC and lead architect for the new LiUNA Local 506 Training Centre project.

Photo credit: BNKC Architects

LiUNA houses three large workshop halls/industrial bays, a welding studio, large, classrooms designed to have a vast amount of natural light, training shops, a multi-purpose lecture hall and collaboration space.

The design and function of the building are industrial inspired with exposed structural, mechanical and electrical elements.

“Open and light-filled with a durable industrial aesthetic to stimulate interaction and applied learning, this much-needed modern training centre fills a gap in the sector,” said Newman.

Located west of Hwy 404 on a 12-acre site, the state-of-the-art facility is designed to display a prominent street frontage, presenting the Training Centre’s educational activities at the forefront of innovation in the construction industry.

Photo credit: BNKC Architects

According to BNKC, the firm’s belief in sustainable design principles as an integrated element of design philosophy led to solutions that met the specific environmental challenges of the site.

Sustainability measures include passive solar strategies, high-energy efficiency systems, reflective roofs, local and durable materials, and water-efficient systems.

Clerestory fenestration, the location of masonry walls, and dark flooring surfaces also reduce energy consumption in colder months while the cantilevered roof and shading fins reduce summer cooling needs.

Photo credit: BNKC Architects
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