Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI)
   
The Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) on a rainy day on October 21, 2009; Photo by Christine ThuringProject Name: Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI)
Year: 2007
Owner: Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTTA)
Location: Toronto, Canada
Building Type: Aviation
Type: Extensive
System: Single Source Provider
Size: 1000 sq.ft.
Slope: 1%
Access: Accessible, Private
Submitted by: Christine Thuring & Greenroofs.com

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:
Architect: Kleinfeldt Mychajilowycz Architects
The Greater Toronto Airport Authority covers 12,000 ha of industrial and commercial land, including more than 12,500 businesses, and falls under the jurisdiction of 3 municipalities (Mississauga, Toronto and Brampton). The Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI)spans 2,804 m2 and can accommodate 160 students and staff.

FESTI is a LEED silver-certified building which came into operation in 2007. A state-of-the-art facility, FESTI features many technologies to minimize its environmental footprint, such as a solar wall, green roof, recycled building materials and water-saving systems. This building has a small Sedum mat green roof, around 1,000 sf in size. At the time of planning, the authority lacked references for green roofs and airports, and was therefore conservative due to its uncertainties about animal and bird use.
"The integration of solar shading, a vegetated roof, a thermal solar wall, an integrated heat recovery system from the mass of the concrete and natural ventilation features are identifiable architectural responses to responsible building practices. Exterior cladding and assemblies of the FESTI, including a green roof that extends from the upper catwalk of the Cafeteria to the ground, integrating the building with the natural landscape of the site, high emissive roofing on flat roof sections, and the perforated siding assembly of the Cafeteria wall and roof all contribute to architectural and ecological literacy," (OpenBuildings.com).

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The Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) on a rainy day on October 21, 2009; Photo by Christine Thuring
Visit the Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) website here. The facility is located at 2025 Courtneypark Drive in Mississauga, at the western end of Toronto Pearson International Airport. For more information on programs or space availability, contact them at 416.776.5997. See the excellent profile of the FESTI at OpenBuildings.com.
 
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