LiUNA Local 506 Training Centre

Richmond Hill / Ongoing / 65,000 sf

The updated LIUNA Local 506 Training Centre was designed and built to meet the growing demand for apprenticeship programs, skills training and certification in the region. The centre provides training in four listed trade programs: construction craft worker, concrete and cement finisher, precast erector and hazmat worker as well as providing other complimentary skills such as trade show event erector, concrete cutting and coring and demolition worker. The project is located west of Hwy 404 on a 12-acre site with direct frontage onto Major Mackenzie Drive in Richmond Hill, adjacent to environmentally-sensitive valley lands of the Rouge River.

BNKC was retained for full architectural services to implement the project, as well as to complete a Functional Programming and Master Plan Study for the expansion of the existing 17,600 sf facility. The new 48,000 sf addition and 18,000 sf renovation houses 3 large workshop halls/industrial bays, a welding studio, large, airy classrooms/training shops, a multi-purpose lecture hall and collaboration space, resource library, offices, reception/lobby area, boardroom, additional administration areas, lunchroom and large exterior training courtyard area.

The design and function of the building focused on an industrial aesthetic with exposed structural, mechanical and electrical elements, while providing functionality, durability and ample open space that allows students to work at various heights. The project also includes the required expansion in size of the classrooms to accommodate props and mock-ups. The vast amount of natural light that filters into the various spaces enhances their functionality, the quality of experience of their inhabitants, while the glazing between spaces opens them up to casual gazers.

The building’s versatility holds much of its allure. On top of the industrial uses, it can accommodate a variety of functions that benefit the broader community, from summer baci tournaments, to sit down banquet-style dinners for up to 140 people. The design team has successfully created an environment that pushes the facility beyond its aesthetic and function as a training centre to a dynamic facility that invites the engagement of a variety of stakeholders, one that has created a new asset to the surrounding area.