Trent University has enhanced experiential learning opportunities for students! The new Forensic Crime Scene Facility will be opening for use later this year for students. This state-of-the-art, 4,100 square foot facility will be used for hands-on learning by the forensics program.
The building itself is impressive by sustainability measures. The new facility is aiming to be the first zero-carbon certified building by the International Living Future Institute. Innovative solutions have been utilized throughout the building, such as carbon-storing building materials and solar panels to heat and cool the building.
In addition to the impressive sustainability features, the new building is setting academic standards as the first purpose-built facility of its kind. Within the space students will be able to stage up to eight crime scenes at once in a large modular space, analyze evidence and exhibits in the on-site lab and interact with professional practitioners.
Cambium’s role in this exciting build was to conduct tests and inspections to verify this construction project is built to last. Construction materials were sampled and brought to our own CCIL certified laboratory for testing. Our services ensure safety and quality in construction projects, from the initial geotechnical investigation to on-site construction inspections and materials laboratory testing. Quality Control and Quality Assurance (QA/QC) on-site inspections are critical and ensure that systems and applications of materials during construction are safe, built to specification, and will last for generations to come.
Another service we provided was soil characterization. This is an important process to ensure excavated soil is suitable for reuse in other projects, rather than sending it to the landfill. This service is also cost-saving because the fee for disposing soil at landfills can be significant. Without characterization and an evaluation by a qualified person, soil may not be safely (or legally) reused in some circumstances.
We are proud to work on positive community projects like this and wish Trent Forensic Science students all the best in their studies.
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Grab some friends & paddles and gear up for Peterborough’s annual Dragon Boat Festival! Happening on Saturday June 10 at Del Crary Park, the dragons are back on the water to compete in this fast-paced race to support breast cancer research, screening and diagnosis (right here in Peterborough!). So far there are already 67 teams ready to compete; if you, your workplace or your friends are looking to join in on the fun check out the website here for more details. You will need a team of up to 20 to race, including a drummer and someone to steer. Come out and support a great cause! Cambium’s boat is ready to race: we’ll see you at the finish line!
Music & More
Perhaps you prefer a slower pace and taking it easy this summer? Well the Peterborough Mucisfest may be just the place for you! Cambium is a proud sponsor of this fantastic summer event, with live music at Del Crary Park every weekend starting in July. With tons of great artists on stage there is something for everyone – and it will be particularly exciting this year in honour of Canada’s 150th! Thanks to the many local sponsors (of whom we are proud to be a part of) all concerts are 100% free! So walk on down to the park and check out some fantastic Canadian artists at you leisure.
Peterborough and the Kawarthas are a vibrant place to be this summer with countless local events, farmer’s markets, outdoor activities, and more – there are sites to see and places to be! If you want to know what else there is to do this summer check out the Kawarthas’ website which has some of the best local must-see and must-try locations. Stay tuned to our blog for more updates on summer fun in Peterborough!
Spring has arrived and with it a number of environmental clean ups and community eco-events have started in Peterborough. It’s time to spring up and clean up – here are some local Peterborough events to consider taking part in to encourage a green and clean community!
Shifting Gears is one of the annual spring events that Cambium staff has participated in for the past number of years. We take part in the Workplace Challenge and choose car-alternatives – bike, walk, and carpool or telecommute – for getting to work and appointments. Peterborough Moves organizes this month long event. Last year one of our staff even biked to work from Cavan-Monaghan to our Hunter Street Office! The event offers a number of activities including special nights for bike tune-ups, and group rides in addition to weekly draws. Check out the website and sign up – it’s your chance to make the shift towards active and sustainable transportation in a fun and competitive manner.
Everyone has a part to play in keeping our community healthy and green. If you are spring-cleaning your home, check out the City of Peterborough’s Spring Environment Day. It is happening on Saturday May 13, 2017 at Eastgate Park parking lot (2150 Ashburnham Road) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. This is great opportunity to clean out and recycle items from your home – scrap metal, electronics, single use batteries, and more. A complete listing of items and event details are available on the City website.
Sustainability is a strong component of both Cambium’s work and general office culture. Our team is committed to support community development initiatives and sustainable practices for a greener and better tomorrow. If you or your business are looking for ways to increase sustainability give us a call and we can help; Cambium works with a number of clients to provide options for waste management solutions & audits, sustainability planning, hazardous material disposal, and much more.
A year ago Cambium and Peterborough Economic Development presented a Strong Town’s Curbside Chat with Chuck Marohn. The goal was to inspire, provide insight, and hopefully spark communities to take a different approach with regard to the growth and development of our towns. With a new model of development, we can allow cities, towns and neighbourhoods to grow financially strong and resilient.
The evening commenced with a presentation by Rob Voigt, Registered Professional Planner and Senior Project Manager of Cambium’s Community Development services. As a recognized leader and expert in Place Based Economic Development and Community Planning, Rob provided an introduction and foundation to healthy community designs. The overall message of the evening was sustainable development is good planning for a healthy future!