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La Cité collégiale is a French-language college of applied arts and technology located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. To ensure that enough trained skilled trades workers are available to keep our economy moving forward, La Cité collégiale decided to organize an architectural competition for the realization the New Research and Training Centre in Construction Trades as the first phase of the new Campus of Orléans. The centre will allow La Cité collégiale to almost triple its apprenticeship program, to include training in 18 high-demand construction trades. This new building will include workshop, laboratories, studios, and classrooms. The Trades Centre project proposed by the architects pays special attention to archi- tecture issues, site organization and potential for future development. It ensures consistency of buildings throughout the territory, construction quality, respect of rural identity and recognition of the regional territory icons and landscape memory. The new facility will take advantage of the topography and of the immediate site by deploying in a unique landscape and ecologic set. The proposal aims to define a concept of unique development that perfectly integrates its environment. It reflects a distinctive architecture while clearing the atmosphere suitable for student life. The objectives considered in the architectural approach are: View more View full description
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