This proposal locates the media center slightly west of the current town core. As the built-up area of town continues to expand, the media center will remain situated in a prominent location within the new development. Three important factors influenced the design of this facility: community, education, and growth. The project is set up as a campus of five buildings to be constructed in phases. This allows construction of the project to begin even if all the necessary funding has not been acquired. The buildings themselves are designed with sloped roofs to collect rainwater and to allow for natural ventilation. Building placement also provides opportunity for garden space throughout the campus as well as a central gathering area. The roofs provide ample space for solar panels. If covered with roof-mounted panels, this option can easily generate enough electricity to power the center and also surrounding buildings. The building will facilitate community interaction through spaces for social gatherings, energy generation, and garden maintenance, and will enable connections to places and resources outside Petite-Rivière-de-Nippes. Those who use the media center will acquire new knowledge via online learning, lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and activities, empowering the community of Petite-Rivière-de-Nippes through personal, social, and economic growth.
The project is designed using a Lamboo post-beam system and Stramit compressed agricultural fiberboard for sheathing. Both of these products will demonstrate to the community how sustainable building practices can be integrated through use of by-products of agricultural production.