93,000 sq. ft. built to inspire innovation, support skills development and promote science, technology, engineering, art, and math outreach with industry and community partners. With equipment that is unique to North America, key features include interactive technology zones, digital media studios, cutting-edge prototyping and maker spaces, open concept gathering spaces and demonstration areas for new products and technologies.
The Barrett CTI is pioneering the Cyber-Physical Factory in the GTA, offering a unique combination of specialized technologies and expertise in advanced manufacturing. It offers a realistic learning environment in which students and employees gain the specialized skills to implement and maintain the complex technologies required for digital production and networked factories.
The Barrett CTI includes dedicated space that contains specialized equipment to train students in the field of Mechatronics and Automation.
Barrett CTI experts will help businesses decide which processes to automate and will develop best practices for integrating human-robot teams into a work environment.
The Barrett CTI’s smart labs are designed to encourage hands-on learning and experimentation. The 3,000-sq. ft. innovation test bed has the tools that allow users the creative freedom to design, create, model, test and establish proof of concept for industrial and manufacturing applications.
The Barrett CTI includes specialized facilities for corporate training and encourages collaboration in applied research and innovation. Custom training will help teach the skills to work effectively with collaborative robots and other advanced technologies.
The Barrett CTI features a digital visualization room, interactive makerspaces and technology zones.
In keeping with Humber’s commitment to sustainability, the Barrett CTI is targeting LEED-Platinum certification and will be a net-zero energy building.
The Barrett CTI includes sustainability features that function as teaching tools, such as passive cooling systems, a high-performance roofing system and building envelope, hydronic in-floor heating, a green roof, and an abundance of natural, low-energy materials with long lifespans.
Humber is honouring Indigenous voices and experiences with the second installation of the college’s Indigenous Cultural Markers (ICMs). The ICM in the Barrett CTI was designed by Anishinaabe architect Ryan Gorrie and helps place the college in the context of the long history of Indigenous peoples in what is now called the Greater Toronto Area.
The catalyst for the Barrett CTI was a $10 million investment from The Barrett Family Foundation, the largest private donation in Humber’s history. This commitment also supports student awards and scholarships, skills mentorship programs and equipment and technology.
Funding was also provided by the Government of Canada which contributed $15.5 million from the Post-Secondary Strategic Investment Fund, and the Government of Ontario which supported the purchase of key equipment within the building through $1.55 million from the College Equipment and Renewal Fund.