The Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation is a groundbreaking initiative that combines Humber’s expertise in polytechnic entrepreneur training, advanced manufacturing and new enterprise development under one roof.
The 93,650-square-foot building was envisioned as an idea accelerator and a model of environmental stewardship. The architect’s imaginative design matched the college’s vision — and presented the engineers with a difficult challenge. The edge of the building structure cantilevers out 90 feet to meet the entrance, which is defined by a 60-foot-high glass atrium.
We provided structural design services to Bird Design Build for the building, which opened in 2019.
- The university wanted to keep the atrium space column free. To accommodate the intricate geometry as well as an expedited project delivery, the design team developed a structural system consisting of conventional concrete framing that steps out at each level with a multi-floor structural steel truss to support the sloping portion of the building.
- We also provided structural engineering services for the structure for a cultural marker art piece. The art piece consists of a steel mast-type structure clad with Lexan sheeting and supporting plywood components.
- The building prepares students for careers in high-tech industries with a program focused on developing sustainable building practices and human-centered, technology-enabled solutions.