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Centennial College Emphasizes Sustainable Building Design and Construction

In response to a world grappling with finite supplies of fossil fuels and other resources, Centennial College has launched a new full-time program in architectural technology that emphasizes sustainable building design and construction.

"Sustainability is the important next direction in architectural design and construction," says Ted Rosen, an architect and program coordinator at Centennial. "The sustainable approach emphasizes making the appropriate choices for site, building design and construction methods to reduce both the energy costs and the negative impacts on our environment."

The three-year program prepares students to work as technologists alongside architects, engineers, builders, contractors and municipal building departments. Using state-of-the-art computer technology, students will learn to create designs, construction drawings and specifications for residential, commercial and institutional buildings.

The program itself was designed from the ground up with the help of 26 construction industry professionals who advised on course content and skills training. Students can choose a co-op option, which gives them three semesters of paid, related employment experience in the industry prior to graduation.

University graduates from related programs can apply to the fast-track option, which provides qualified applicants direct entry into the second year of the program. It is seen as an ideal way for recent immigrants to gain practical Canadian learning opportunities.

The program will be located at the Centennial HP Science and Technology Centre, itself a building with many sustainable features, which has been nominated for a 2006 Governor General's Medal in Architecture designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects. Students will work in a unique classroom setting that emulates the working environment commonly used by the profession.

Centennial is accepting applications now for the architectural technology program which is set to run this fall. For more details, visit or e-mail:

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