Building Sustainability from the Ground Up
HITT Contracting is committed to a circular economy, and the new Co|Lab building takes them to the leading edge of sustainable design and construction. Built using practices they would like to see advanced in the industry, HITT chose to start with mass-timber construction, which uses bonded structural wood connected by mechanical fasteners. The building is just as strong as those framed with steel or concrete, but also easy to disassemble and completely reuse when no longer needed. Recycled materials and finishes are used throughout the building, and solar panels produce more than enough energy for the facility's needs. There are even electric vehicle charging stations for employees and visitors.
Co|Lab = Collaboration
As soon as you walk in the door, you can see how the Co|Lab building got its name. The co-working space was strategically designed to be open and shared to promote the collaboration and cross-pollination of ideas essential to innovation. There are no assigned workstations. Instead, Co|Lab offers offers variety and choice with spaces for any workstyle or activity—from individual work to small-group collaboration. There are indoor and outdoor social spaces with comfortable lounge seating, as well as a large community table and kitchenette bar. And a large conference room provides dedicated space for special events, meetings, training, and continuing education for building professionals. Lockers offer secure storage for personal items for anyone visiting or working at Co|Lab.
Partnerships for Innovation
The majority of Co|Lab houses space for hands-on collaborative experimentation. Partnering with other industry innovators, HITT tests new construction materials, approaches, and technologies in their “maker bays.” Here, mockups can be created to research and test potential building solutions for customers going forward—from sustainable bricks and biocontainment construction, to 3D modelling and new wiring options to reduce energy usage. This collaborative approach maximizes idea sharing between suppliers, subcontractors, architects, designers, and other building professionals and promotes innovation to lead the industry forward.