Humber at Kortright

The Green Works building, original a water management system, has become a barely used storage space. The Kortright Conservation Center, which owns the Green Works building, has recruited Humber College students to redesign the space into a functional study facility for students.
(Nicole Williams) The Green Works building, original a water management system, has become a barely used storage space. The Kortright Conservation Center, which owns the Green Works building, has recruited Humber College students to redesign the space into a functional study facility for students. (Nicole Williams)

Nicole Williams
Biz/Tech Reporter

If you build it they will come.

Well, it’s already been built, but the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority (TRCA) is looking to spruce up its Green Works building, and they’re looking to Humber College for help.

Five students from the Architectural Technology and Interior Design programs collaborated to help redesign the space into a sustainable learning centre.

The Green Works building is located at the Kortwright Conservation Centre  located in Vaughan on Pine Valley Drive. It serves as an environmental and renewable energy education and demonstration center that is home to trails, educational workshops and environmentally conscious events.

“It’s a bit of a design challenge since there are many existing architectural challenges that need to be considered,” said project mentor and Professor of Architectural Technology Elizabeth Fenuta.

The process has proven to be educational for students, both technically and professionally, she said.

“The conceptual phase is always challenging – You have to work to create an image that merges what the client needs and designer’s  vision for the space,” said Fenuta.

Third-year Architectural Technology student Jason Tian, who has created the renderings of the designs for the space, says the process has been exciting.

“It’s cool to be involved with something practical, and to work on a project with other people,” said Tian. “(We) create change in a real project.”

Working with others has been the most educational part of the process for Aliesha Dewdney, a fourth-year Interior Design student, also working on the project.

“I learned a lot working in a group setting, especially from the architectural students and what their business entails,” said Dewdney.

Dewdney said it was all about learning to work with different personalities, and learning to compromise.

“Everyone is working towards a common vision,” said Dewdney.

And it seems that Humber’s practicality makes students the ideal candidates to work on such a project.

“We’re a very experiential focused school with a large variety of disciplines. We like to apply the research we’ve done,” said Fenuta.

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