The Trottier Family Foundation commits to contribute financially to the construction of a new science education facility on the John Abbott College campus that meets the LEED certification as defined by the Canada Green Building Council. Hence, to ensure that the sustainability criteria are followed in the design, planning, , and incorporation of renewable energy sources in the everyday operational measures of running an institutional education building.
For a reputable college, such as John Abbott, reaching a LEED certification will focus public attention on the problem of global warming and the need to protect the environment. Indeed, John Abbott College will be the first CEGEP (education level between high school and undergraduate studies) in Quebec to become LEED certified. Until now, few institutions have been certified in Quebec. The most known is the Pavilion Lassonde of École Polytechnique de Montréal which obtained the American gold level. The benefits generated by their LEED certification are still numerous and started the wheel turning for building green. Following this admirable example, it is highly appropriate that a new college health, science and technology pavilion should also become green.
The financial participation in this commitment is conditional, based on whether the college meets LEED standards. An agreement with the John Abbott College Foundation was reached and a donation contract signed in April 2008. The Trottier Family Foundation commits itself to proceed in three equal installments:
- Upon the signature of this agreement late April 2008
- Upon the completion of the architectural and engineering design in full compliance with LEED standards and upon the initiation of construction scheduled for July 2009
- Upon the completion of construction scheduled for August 2011 and the formal LEED certification of the building.
SEEKING: Financial Resources.
This expansion project will cost a total of $35 million dollars. A substantial portion of the funds were obtained through a land sale. The John Abbott College Foundation was set up to raise the required additional funds. To date the Foundation has received substantial contributions from the internal college community as well as the external business community. Gifts have been received from financial institutions as well as local pharmaceutical companies. The Trottier Family Foundation is working with the College to solicit additional donors.
There will be a local public fund-raising campaign starting in the Fall of 2010 to complete the estimated budget cost, now revised to the $40 million range.