Our Work

NSCC- Waterfront Campus

80 Mawiomi Place, Dartmouth, NS

Construction is complete on the new flagship campus – the first purpose-built campus of NSCC. The 5-storey, 273,000 square foot building is located on a prime 25-acre site on the Dartmouth waterfront. All Academic Schools of NSCC have programs in the new building. The new campus opened with the full complement of 1,700 – 1,800 students on site on September 2007.


This is a green building, pending LEED certification. The concept of a green building involves a complete regime of criteria against which the entire building design, construction and operation must be measured. It is also intended that this building and its operation serve as an energy conservation instructional tool for the faculty and student population. The design included a number of viewing stations where the students would be able to see the graphic schematics of the building systems in operation, see the energy consumption of the building, compare it to past energy consumption and see how it compares to a standard building of the same size.


The project also includes the Centre for the Built Environment (CBE), a linked building designed with a minimal ecological footprint. With an emphasis on sustainable building practices, environmental stewardship and collaborative learning, the Centre for the Built Environment (CBE) represents a new educational model. The CBE brings together trades and technologies to create change in the built environments of the future. This building is targeting LEED Gold.

Sustainable Design:

Sustainability was a project goal from the start for the CBE and the following are some of the key features / noteworthy elements included:

  • 120,000 square feet, including an outdoor construction pavilion
  • Large operable doors create flexible work spaces, allowing various trades to work together
  • Environmental features include solar thermal panels, planted rooftops and livings walls
  • Designed as a living test bed - the CBE will evolve as new technologies are developed, tested and proven
  • Geothermal system meets the cooling needs of the building and provides approximately 50% of heating requirements
  • The building is designed with the capacity for rooftop photovoltaic panels (using solar energy) to generate some of the energy requirements
  • Shop facilities and public spaces use natural ventilation
  • Solar wall cladding naturally preheats ventilation air that is supplied to the building
  • Interior living walls, planted from floor-to-ceiling with plants that act as natural air filters
  • Green roof reduces heating and cooling costs, and storm water runoff, as well as increasing roof life