The Centennial College Progress Campus at Markham Road and the 401 is set to grow again with a new residence, teaching space, and conference facility being designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and to be built by Knightstone Capital. The campus has a 340-bed facility now, but enrolment at the site has grown considerably in the time since the residence was built and students generally have to commute substantial distances to reach the campus. With 740 beds in the new 8-storey building, many more students will be able to find convenient accommodation onsite.

Centennial College Residence, Progress Campus, by Diamond Schmitt ArchitectsCentennial College Residence, Progress Campus, by Diamond Schmitt Architects

The full name of the building, designed as a rectangle enclosing a sheltered quadrangle, will be the Centennial College Residence and Culinary Arts Centre as the ground floor will be given over to the college's culinary arts program in the form of labs, classrooms and a teaching restaurant. Above, the residence will provide spaces in mostly four-bedroom suites with kitchen and bathrooms in each, and some two-bedroom units. Each floor will have communal lounge spaces with kitchens where students will be able to socialize. At the very top of the building will be a conference and banquet facility capable of hosting 425 people.

Site Plan, Centennial College Residence, Progress Campus, by Diamond SchmittSite Plan, Centennial College Residence, Progress Campus, by Diamond Schmitt Architects

The location is at the west end of the campus near Progress Avenue, helping to better integrate the campus with the city around it. The $85 million building, with a design targeting LEED Gold certification, is planned to commence construction this year once final approvals are obtained, and be ready to open in the summer of 2016.

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