Manitou a bi Bii daziigae – Innovation through collaboration

April 28, 2024 11:45 - 12:45 Macleod 1&2View map

Located in Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, Red River College Polytechnic’s Manitou a bi Bii daziigae, is one of the most advanced and forward-thinking buildings of its kind in Canada. Manitou a bi Bii daziigae translates from Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) to where the creator sits and brings light. This 100,00 sq. ft. building represents Indigenous knowledge, teachings, and traditions while also blending modernity and heritage. Targeting an ultra-low Energy Use Intensity of 100 kWh/m2/year required innovations in performance energy modelling, building envelope and systems design. The building will emit little to no net carbon emissions – an ambitious goal considering Winnipeg’s extreme prairie climate. The new building’s facade is made of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) panels that change colour depending on the angle of view and weather. This innovative concept – a Canadian first – conceals solar cells behind nano-coated glass panels. Through its adaptive re-use of the historically designated Scott Fruit building and a four-story addition connected to the existing campus, the building provides flexible, high-tech, and interactive spaces that nurture creativity and collaboration; and connects students with education and industry professionals in ways that facilitate social innovation, and research. These aspirations informed the design process to identify key experiences underpinning what innovation means and what can be accomplished in a spirit of collaboration.

Presented by: RRC Polytech


Maria Mendes
Director, Environmental Stewardship & Campus Renewal | RRC Polytech
Sydney Browne
Principal | Diamond Schmitt Architects
Frank Koreman
Project Manager | Akman Construction Ltd
Phil Dompierre
Principal | Crosier Kilgour
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