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CATT / Architects Tillman Ruth Robinson

  • Architects: Architects Tillman Ruth Robinson
  • Location: Wister, USA
  • Principal In Charge: Tom Tillmann
  • Designer: Jason McIntosh
  • Collaborators: Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon; Structural Engineers, Hastings & Aziz; Civil Engineers, Development Engineering; Landscape Engineers, Ron Koudy’s Landscape Architects; General Contractor, D. Grant & Sons
  • Client: Fanshawe College Centre for Applied Transportation Technology
  • Cost: $21.222.000
  • Area: 150.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Lisa Logan

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Fanshawe Centre for Applied Transportation Technology (CATT)

© Lisa Logan
© Lisa Logan

The Centre for Applied Transportation Technology (CATT) is the new location for a growing student body seeking job-ready credentials in the transportation industry’s trades and technologies. At the CATT, a focus on an interdisciplinary learning experience is supported by the collocation of aircraft, automotive, large truck, agricultural and aircraft equipment education.

ground floor plan
ground floor plan

Shared services such as computer labs, parts access, diagnostic information access and specialized tools provide opportunities to simulate real world cross-disciplinary collaborative scenarios. Located on a site just a few blocks east of the existing campus, the CATT is pioneering a new contemporary expression which is hoped will raise the design standards of an area dominated by large industrial buildings.

© Lisa Logan
© Lisa Logan

A sustainable design approach incorporates water management strategies, extensive use of natural light and passive solar shading as well enhanced building automation systems into the building experience.

© Lisa Logan
© Lisa Logan

The most visible of these strategies is the vegetated green roof that serves to keep the building cool and offer hands on experience for students in Fanshawe’s Horticultural Program. Viewed from a single loaded corridor, the green roof is part of the everyday life of the CATT’s inhabitants.

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