Durham College - Whitby Campus Field to Fork Landscape Project Shortlist

Durham College - Whitby Campus Field to Fork Landscape Project Shortlist

In January 2013, Seferian Design Group, in association with Fresh City Farms, were recently shortlisted by Durham College for the Whitby Field to Fork Landscape Project. The new 36,000-square-foot Centre for Food will feature state-of-the-art labs, classrooms, research and meeting spaces and offer a full-service green-certified teaching restaurant and lounge open to the public. Expected to be completed in September 2013, the Durham College Centre for Food will distinguish itself in the highly competitive field of culinary education by taking advantage of its rural setting on a large suburban campus in Whitby, Ontario to narrate a story about the process of making a meal from “field to fork”.

Field to fork
Our team believes that there is an incredible opportunity on the Whitby Campus to strengthen the urban agriculture industry and secure Durham College’s position as an industry creator. We believe the campus can bring together community and attract students to Durham College where they can have a fully integrated student-experience within the College. Within the new facility, students will be exposed to a plethora of locally sustainable agricultural practices, techniques, and philosophies, within a strong business minded environment, ultimately enabling the entrepreneurial mind to flourish and expand.

In addition to the strength of our landscape architectural team, we also included a technical advisory team comprised of progressive industry experts and local advisors. Our team is comprised of multiple generations of invaluable knowledge relating to cold-hardy, disease resistant fruit shrubs and trees that have been adapted to grow in our cold Canadian climate. Also included are local and regional urban farming experts, cost consultants, green roof professionals, and knowledgeable professionals relating to our native pollinating insects, bees and apiculture.

We believe that there are a number of keys to success for the Whitby Field to Fork Landscape Project which include creating a productive farm in an urban institutional setting, attracting students to Durham College, attracting urban residents and community engagement, and long-term research and development.

Other shortlisted firms include Brook McIlroy, Janet Rosenburg, and AECOM. Final bids results are expected to be released by the College in early March 2013.

From Field to Fork

Durham College Centre for Food Gow Hastings Architects/