LiUNA Local 506 Training Centre

Richmond Hill / Ongoing / 65,000 sf

An existing training facility for the Labourers’ International Union of North America, which has reached its maximum capacity, required an upgraded facility to be able to accommodate modern training standards and practices to enhance the skills of the construction industry workforce.

The 14.8 acre site is located in Richmond Hill with direct frontage on Major Mackenzie Drive and close to Highway 404, a major node. The property currently houses an indoor training facility, a community garden and other smaller structures including a designated heritage home (Adam Hendricks Home). The north and west portion of the site contain environmental features such as a branch of the Rouge River.

The new 48,000 square foot addition and 18,000 square foot renovation for the LiUNA Local 506 Training Centre in Richmond Hill houses large Workshop halls, an Exhibition and Display hall, Welding Studio, Classrooms and Open Learning spaces for students and faculty, a multi-purpose Lecture and Collaboration Space, Resource Library, Offices, Reception/Lobby area, Boardrooms and additional Administration areas.

The state of the art facility is designed through its massing and curved roof form to build a prominent street frontage and thus is envisioned to maintain the Training Centre’s educational activities at the forefront of innovation in the construction industry.

The vision for the new facility takes advantage of the current site and expands on a site that will not only cater to the needs of the Centre, but will also open up the building to the public streetscape thereby creating a stronger connection to the community at large.