Blood Tribe, AB
Area Total: 4,088 sq. m. / 44,000 sq. ft.
Level One: 2,322 sq. m. / 25,000 sq. ft.
Level Two: 1,673 sq. m. / 18,000 sq. ft.
Red Crow Community College is designed as an innovative resource facility – a convergence of historical archives, a library, a keeping house for artifacts, classrooms, administrative space and a theatre. The facility will offer books, online resources, student collaborative workrooms, film and audio labs, multimedia labs, consultation space, quiet study spaces and a children’s area. Beyond the digital library, a state of the art science lab will provide the opportunity for a high-level research to take place on-site, while a classroom for cultural activities, including hide tanning and tipi design, will address the growing demand for Blackfoot studies. The design process involved extensive consultation with the community, staff and Elders.
The facility, aiming for LEED designation, will start with low-cost passive energy solutions using the sun’s energy for heating spaces, operable windows for natural ventilation, thermal mass walls to store heat energy, thermal chimneys to induce heat movement for cooling, and finally exterior sunshades to block high summer sun. In terms of layout, the open plan takes advantage of the passive system operation while interior spaces requiring the most light and energy, are along the south face of the building. Energy will be harvested from a combination of sun, geothermal and wind. Sustainable water strategies include rainwater collection, low water fixtures, grey and black water treatment and on-site stormwater management. Materials made from sustainably harvested, local and recycled-content sources will be used throughout the facility. For the health and well being of the occupants, the design will maximize natural daylight, have operable windows and use low emitting materials. The facility will become a model, for users and visitors, on the process and benefits of energy conservation.