Digital edition 2021 | Innovation & Sustainability

Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation Humber College

CanadaCanadaCompany Name: Smith Brothers Contracting

Project description

Built to LEED – Platinum standards, is a Net Zero Building, offset with solar panels on the parking structure, a green roof, passive heating cooling, high performance roofing and building envelope system, and rain gardens. The five storey, 8 600 m2 facility will feature a data centre, cyber physical factory, automated guided vehicles, prototyping labs, interactive technology zones and digital media studios. Humber College is taking a bold step forward in pioneering a new solution to the technological and innovation challenges facing Canada’s manufacturing industry.


Smith Brothers Contracting

Smith Brothers’ Contracting Corp., established in 1932, has successfully worked with area contractors, architects and owners serving the Southern Ontario market place. Current management represents the fourth generation of continual involvement of the Smith Family. The company was originally established as a residential plastering contractor and has evolved into a fully integrated interior contractor. The company provides a broad range of construction services including drywall systems, acoustical ceiling systems, demountable partition systems and sprayed fire proofing. As the industry has evolved so has Smith Brothers’ Contracting. The company now has the capability to perform all functions within the interior contracting realm. Projects range from small renovations to large scale multi-million dollar contracts. The company’s diversification has provided the opportunity and experience to develop full interior contracting capabilities. The market for this interior contracting approach is clearly growing and Smith Brothers’ Contracting is growing with it.

Moisture resistance
M2Tech® Shaftliner & Plasterboard and GlasRoc® Sheathing provide resistance to mold and mildew for the life of the building.
Acoustic control
High acoustic ratings throughout the school-Acoustic insulation had to meet high stc standards.
Superior aesthetic and design
Precise lines with sharp angles in matrix up to 5 storeys high are extremely difficult to frame, board and finish. No-coat corners made this possible
Productivity gain
CertainTeed® grid system was used to create many different complex drywall and acoustic ceilings.
Term cost
This product allows us to gain a better finish in the atrium and other critical lighting areas. Level 5 offers ease of application with labour saving

Key Achievements

  • LEED – Platium standards, is a Net Zero Building.
  • Level 5 Primer achieved a superior finish in the atrium and other critical lighting areas.
  • This project included world class designs and modern living spaces combined with the opportunity to teach Canada’s future workforce!

Key Challenges

Exterior/interior walls consist of unique irregular shapes, incorporating complex room designs, complex angles, all of which contributed to daily construction challenges, from design right down to the final installation. Open concept construction, floor to ceiling windows equaled excessive natural sunlight.
CertainTeed’s grid system was used to create many different complex drywall and acoustic ceilings.
With high acoustic ratings throughout the school, this meant acoustic insulation had to meet high stc standards.


Building owner:
Humber College
Perkins and Will
Main contractor:
Doug Smith & Adam Dewitt
Kelly Graham
Saint-Gobain Team:
Kelly Graham-Territory ManagerRobert Hartogsveld-Architectural Service Manager