Stunning Green Building Uses Lots Of Glass

The Fennel Campus of  Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, is now home to The Learning Exchange–a 43,000 square feet, three-level college building that makes extensive use of glass and glazing, designed to LEED Gold standards.

Architects’ Guide to Glass and Metal reports that the building features a stainless steel, inverted, frameless glass curtain wall system. This allows daylight to reach much of the building’s occupied spaces, a key element in decreasing the amount of energy used for lighting. An eye-catching, laminated colored glass enclosure on the upper level of the building was apparently designed as a tribute to the diversity of Mohawk College’s student body.

Mohawk College Learning Exchange

image via Mohawk College

According to the college’s blog, $30 million has been allotted for renovations and construction at the Fennell Campus as a direct response to student feedback requesting improved campus facilities and services.

Mohawk College Learning Exchange2

image via Mohawk College

A photo gallery of The Learning Center is available online.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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