Librarianship at Ontario colleges has changed significantly since the pandemic. Eva McDonald explores new challenges facing academic librarians, and how best to meet these challenges.
After careful assessment by industry professionals, Centennial’s Progress Campus Library and Academic Facility has officially earned LEED Gold certification for which the four-storey building had been designed to achieve. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Canada Rating Systems are promoted by the Canada Green Building Council to facilitate the development of more environmentally sustainable buildings. Our project was evaluated according to the LEED Canada‐NC system against established benchmarks in the following categories:
1) Sustainable Sites
2) Water Efficiency
3) Energy and Atmosphere
4) Materials and Resources
5) Indoor Environmental Quality
6) Innovation and Design Process
It was incumbent upon the College to provide the mandatory documentation that supports achievement of the credit requirements and associated points. The environmental categories are subdivided into established LEED credits, which are based on desired performance goals within each category. The Canada Green Building Council determines four levels of official LEED Scores: Certified: 26-32 credits; Silver: 33-38; Gold: 39-51; and Platinum: 52+ credits.
The Library and Academic Facility opened to students in September 2011, and forms the centrepiece of our rejuvenated Progress Campus. Congratulations to Khurshed Irani, Executive Director, Facilities & Services and his team, as well as Diamond + Schmitt Architects and the construction contractor and subcontractors for all the work involved in making our architecturally stunning Library and Academic Facility as environmentally sustainable as it is beautiful.