September 26, 2007

Kasian designs state-of-the-art Robbins Health Learning Centre

Innovative design inspires students to learn
For Immediate Release

Classes have begun at MacEwan’s Robbins Health Learning Centre. Designed by Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd, the Robbins Centre stands as an impressive gateway to the college’s downtown campus. The new learning facility is meant to inspire and motivate students to learn by providing a fresh and sustainable learning environment.

“The state-of-the-art facility is both aesthetically beautiful and functionally sound,” said Dr. Paul Byrne, President & CEO of MacEwan. “The design strives to create memorable places and opportunities for people to connect through cozy intimate pockets placed within the building, to grand gathering spaces.”

The Robbins Centre was designed to enhance the lives of students and staff and essentially, inspire learning. This was achieved through a combined focus on providing world class facilities and vibrant spaces for interaction and collaboration. Drawing from their extensive healthcare and education facility experience, Kasian designed the building to emulate a teaching hospital. Procedure rooms and patient care units, along with classrooms, lecture theatres, and custom-designed laboratories have been created to ensure maximum efficiency and flexibility. In addition, the latest technology advancements have been integrated into all spaces, including collaboration and
gathering spaces.

Some of the design features that were meant to enhance the experience include transparency and natural light through the expansive use of glass, a broad Spanish staircase, curved walls, and strategically placed meeting spaces throughout the facility. The design has been described as a benchmark for future developments of its kind.

“Our intention was to enhance the college community and experience while reflecting MacEwan’s commitment to sustainability.” said Don Kasian, President of Kasian. The effectiveness of the learning environment is supported by MacEwan’s sustainable environmental stewardship and Kasian’s expertise in designing ‘green’ buildings. The Robbins Centre has been designed to meet LEED® Silver Certification. Highlights of the building’s sustainable design strategies include a reduction in green house gas emissions of 969 metric tones, the collection of storm water for use in washrooms and irrigation, the diversion of over 75 per cent of construction waste from landfills and, a 34 per cent energy savings in comparison to a standard building its size.

Located in Edmonton, at the corner of 109 Street and 104 Avenue, the 293,210 sq. ft facility will accommodate an additional 2,000 students as well as providing continuing education opportunities for another 25,000 practicing nurses.