Toronto, Winnipeg architects win Nunavut college contract

Expanded Iqaluit campus to accommodate 269 students, 37 staff

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

The Nunavut Arctic College Nunatta campus in Iqaluit. The Government of Nunavut will spend $10.9 million on an expansion of the college's Iqaluit campus that they expect to complete by 2019. This month, they awarded the design contract to a team of Toronto and Winnipeg architects. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)


The Nunavut Arctic College Nunatta campus in Iqaluit. The Government of Nunavut will spend $10.9 million on an expansion of the college’s Iqaluit campus that they expect to complete by 2019. This month, they awarded the design contract to a team of Toronto and Winnipeg architects. (PHOTO BY STEVE DUCHARME)

An award-winning Toronto architectural firm, Teeple Architects, has teamed up with Cibinel Architecture of Winnipeg to win the design contract for a planned $10.9 million expansion of the Nunavut Arctic College campus in Iqaluit.

“We’re excited for this opportunity to create architecture that responds to Iqaluit and the Arctic in every sense, technically, contextually, culturally and socially,” Stephen Teeple, the firm’s president, said in a statement.

Teeple’s collaborator on the Arctic College project, Cibinel, is already working on a design for an expanded Inuit art centre at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

“We are thrilled to now be able to work with the Arctic community, in their homeland, to develop a facility that responds uniquely to their needs and the climatic challenges of the northern environment in the creation of exceptional learning spaces,” George Cibinel, Cibinel’s president, said in a release.

It’s not clear how much money this design contract is worth.

But the Government of Nunavut’s capital budget for 2016-17 shows $2 million in capital spending projected for the Iqaluit college campus, with $5.9 million in spending planned for 2018-19.

Combined with $3 million in prior-year spending, that adds up to $10.9 million worth of work at the college campus in Iqaluit.

The biggest Arctic College capital project underway right now is a residence, daycare and mine training centre at Cambridge Bay, on which the GN plans to spend $38.4 million between 2016 and 2021.

The total for the Cambridge Bay college project, including prior years’ spending, comes to $51.9 million.

The Iqaluit campus project will create 2,169 square metres of new space, with facilities to accommodate 269 students and 37 staff, the Teeple statement says.

The expansion will create new fine arts and multimedia classrooms, fisheries training classrooms, digital labs, kitchen classrooms and other learning spaces, Teeple said.

“To be starting the design of this new facility is an incredible achievement. The new facility will provide much needed program space in Iqaluit,” Eric Corneau, the dean of Arctic College’s Iqaluit campus, said in the Teeple news release.

The Teeple firm’s website lists numerous awards they’ve won for work on university and college buildings across Canada and the United States.

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