Centre for Sustainable Technologies at Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario

The Georgian College Centre for Sustainable Technologies is a new 18,000 square foot; $8 million building that is home to construction and energy-related programming and skills training. Opened in September 2009, the Centre serves as a learning lab with technology and systems that demonstrate where the future of the industry is headed on all building projects.

The building is named a Sustainable Technologies Centre for a good reason. Designed to incorporate LEED elements, the facility includes geothermal heating and cooling, high efficiency motion-sensor lighting and heat controls and other environmentally sustainable construction solutions. The space includes 153 student workstations, labs for specialized studies including design, high-voltage electrical, surveying, materials testing, and instrumentation, Industry-based applied research laboratory, Innovative Technology Lab, student focus rooms, and classrooms.

Construction of the Centre solved an existing critical space shortage at Georgian College and meets the training needs of the technology and skilled trades industries to a variety of Engineering Technology programs. The Centre also offers training in construction, architectural and electrical skills related to high-priority renewable energy technologies.

The Georgian College Centre for Sustainable Technologies was funded with the help of a $4.65 million investment from the Ontario government as a part of the government's three-year, $1.5-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan. The Georgian College Centre for Sustainable Technologies also helps the Ontario government meet its goal of obtaining an additional 10% (2,700 megawatts) of our overall electricity generating capacity from renewable resources by 2010.

CleanEnergy engineered the geoexchange system, undertook a Thermal Conductivity Test, supplied all geoexchange equipment, and commissioned the project.

The heat pumps reside in a glass enclosed mechanical room in the building and are clearly labeled and on display for students,d faculty and visitors to see. A computer in the mechanical room monitors the system and displays all operating and performance data.

There is a total of 47 tons of water-to-air heat pumps installed in the classrooms and connected to a shared building loop.  This shared loop is connected to the ground loop, which consists of 42 boreholes in a 6x7 configuration spaced 15’ apart, each 275’ deep and loaded with ¾” high density polyethylene pipe.

We're investing in the skills and knowledge of our people so they can work in high-paying, skilled jobs that will strengthen our economy and improve everyone's quality of life.
John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Government of Ontario