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Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre Expansion Project

  • Jacques Boudreault - Partner, Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership

1055 Canada Place Vancouver, BC

The Vancouver Convention Centre West was completed in April 2009, and highlights the best of west coast green building design and operation. It features a 5 acre living roof, on-site wastewater treatment plant, locally harvested and manufactured wood finishes, and a high quality, energy efficient environment. Building operators have implemented a green housekeeping program, a comprehensive green building tour, and have innovative waste management practices. It is targeting a LEED Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council. READ MORE

Wampanoag Headquarters

Gay Head, MA

The Wampanoag Tribal Multi-Purpose Building serves as an administrative, educational, and social center for the Wampanoag tribe, which has inhabited Martha’s Vineyard for hundreds of years. READ MORE

Wine Creek Road Home

Healdsburg, CA

This modest California retreat evokes the spirit of local vernacular buildings and was designed to take maximum advantage of the site and climate to make the house comfortable while minimizing energy use and environmental impacts. READ MORE

Yorktown BEQ

Yorktown, VA

The Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) built for the U.S. Navy in Yorktown, Virginia, was constructed on the site of a previous barracks and provides housing for Navy personnel. **This building was originally imported from the U.S. Department of Energy Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Building Technologies Database (http://eere.buildinggreen.com/overview.cfm?projectid=858) on 2009-06-06. Please confirm that the import was successful, login, and remove this message. Help make the Green Building Brain better.** READ MORE

City of North Vancouver Public Library

120 West 14th Street North Vancouver, BC

The new City of North Vancouver Public Library is a state-of-the-art building with more than double the capacity of the previous library. With 3 Levels of collections and admin space at 3395 square meters and 2 levels of underground parking at 3370 square meters, for a total of 6765 square meters; this library is a landmark building for its vibrant community of 46,000 citizens. The project also includes a new civic plaza that extends from Lonsdale street to the city hall, connecting the library to the busy shopping district. A cafe has been incorporated into the south facade of the building to provide an opportunity for plaza users and library users to interact. READ MORE

Kwantlen University College - Surrey Campus Library

12666 - 72nd Avenue Surrey, BC

This project is targeting LEED Platinum certification. The Library Expansion is planned around a central atrium intended as the main interior space for the campus. Providing natural light and ventilation for the library, this central space is envisioned as the "campus heart". The Library expansion and renovation incorporates several sustainable design initiatives including, geothermal energy, radiant floor heating and cooling, day-lighting and a natural ventilation strategy that employs trickle vents, an atrium, and a wind tower with an aerodynamically shaped roof. The newly renovated and expanded facility will create a physical manifestation of the Library's vision statement: "a dynamic centre dedicated to successful learning". READ MORE

C. K. CHOI Building For the Institute of Asian Research

1855 West Mall Vancouver, BC

UBC's first green building, the CK Choi, features approaches to reducing energy, water and resource use that were unprecedented at the time. Built before LEED green building standards were in place, this 3000m2 building set new green building benchmarks. It maintains its presence as a high-performance, innovative building and continues to draw a great deal of interest from green building professionals and the public. READ MORE

Edmonds Town Centre Library

7311 Kingsway Avenue Burnaby, BC

As part of a redevelopment initiative, the new Edmonds Town Centre Library will replace the existing Kingsway Library. The new library will be located at the northeast corner of Kingsway and Walker Avenue. In addition to continuing its role of lending books and other materials to the public, the Library will serve as a community anchor, as a community resource, and as a meeting place. It will provide outreach services to new Canadians and provide access to computer technology and language training. The Edmonds Town Centre Library design will have a transparency through the use of exterior glazing treatments, providing the public an awareness of its internal activities. READ MORE

Social Sciences & Mathematics Building, University of Victoria

3800 Finnerty Road Victoria, BC

This project is a five-storey academic, office, research lab, classroom, and lecture hall facility for the Social Sciences and Mathematics departments at the University of Victoria. READ MORE

Vars Fire Station 73

6090 Rockdale Road Ottawa, Ontario

Vars Fire Station – LEED-NC Certified First Place ASHRAE Regional Technology Award The building incorporates a wide range of sustainable design features including in-floor radient heating, reduced heat impact from the roof combined with enhanced commissioning procedures to maximize effectiveness of building systems.Control by occupants of temperature, natural ventilation, and lighting allow for greater comfort.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Heavy Equipment Training Centre (HETC)

Red River College, 2055 Notre Dame Avenue Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Heavy Equipment Training Centre (HETC) is a new 5500 m2 (59,200 ft2) facility for research and instruction in heavy duty diesel mechanics and related transportation industry trades. The project is located on the Notre Dame campus of Red River College, Manitoba's largest college. Project goals include an energy efficiency target of 33% below Model National Energy Code, and LEED Silver certification. Notable strategies employed include provision of natural ventilation and daylighting to improve instruction throughout workshop and laboratory areas, and use of geothermal and transpired solar collector technology to reduce overall energy consumption. Comprehensive Integrated Design services were provided by Smith Carter Architects and Engineers of Winnipeg.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation

near Slave Lake, Alberta Slave Lake, Alberta

The Lesser Slave Lake Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation is being built to serve these 3 major functions: research, education, and tourism. The building has been designed to operate largely 'off-grid'ù. There is no piped gas, no piped water or sewer. The centre features geotechnical heating/cooling, composting toilets, waterless urinals, rainwater collection and purification, and natural ventilation. The new Centre is to house up to 20 staff and 60 visitors within its of usable area and was designed for flexibility, expandability in 2 directions, and uniqueness to the Slave Lake Region.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Mount Angel Abbey Center for Theological Studies

1 Abbey Drive Mt. Angel, OR

Mount Angel Abbey’s new Annunciation Center for Theological Studies completes the Benedictine teaching, retreat and worship center on the hill above Mount Angel, Oregon. With its expansive views of the Willamette Valley, and soaring, arched windows and ceilings, the building nurtures the contemplative study of God. Annunciation is the result of a close and dynamic collaboration between Mount Angel Abbey, SRG Partnership, SOLARC Architecture & Engineering, the University of Oregon’s Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory (ESBL) and BetterBricks. The 21,600-square-foot building includes six classrooms and a boardroom in a single-story portion, and 25 faculty and administrative offices and student and faculty support spaces in a three-story portion. Classrooms are used primarily September through May, but the other spaces and offices are designed to be used year-round. The concept for Mount Angel started with data drawn from a study funded by BetterBricks of a high performance classroom innovation by ESBL, BOORA Architects and Solarc. SRG saw the findings and models and with the help of ESBL built a prototype to test and refine the design concepts for application at Mount Angel. The design innovation included a large central skylight with special integrated shading and light diffusion devices as well as optimum use of natural ventilation (see description below). The real key to success though was the willingness of the designers and owners to do the research and testing of multiple options to find the best, most cost-effective solution. The owners and design team chose challenging goals: to employ no mechanical cooling and provide 95 percent of the annual classroom lighting demand through daylighting. To achieve these goals, they designed synergistic daylighting, and passive heating, cooling and ventilation systems. As a result of this integrated design implementation, the energy analysis completed toward the end of the design identified the building to be 62 percent more energy efficient than Oregon Energy Code required at that time. These goals honor the Benedictine traditions of hospitality, fine craftsmanship and stewardship of the earth’s resources. READ MORE

Natural Ventilation


Natural ventilation is a strategy for reducing a building's reliance on mechanical ventilation. READ MORE

California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse San Francisco, California

The California Academy of Sciences, designed by Renzo Piano houses 38,000 live animals and is on track to receive LEED platinum. It is currently the only institution in the world to feature an aquarium, a natural history museum, a living rainforest, a planetarium, and world-class research and education programs - all housed under a 2.5 acre green roof. READ MORE

BC Cancer Research Centre

675 10th Ave W Vancouver, BC

Key Sustainability Features: Potable water consumption reduced by 43% with low flow plumbing fixtures and waterless urinals 26% of all construction and finishing materials had recycled content Annual energy savings predicted to be $381,269 $7 million under budget Finished one day ahead of schedule Water efficient landscaping reduces sprinkler requirements by 76% 77% of building materials were manufactured locally and 26% of the raw materials were extracted locally Heat recovery from the chiller offsets approximately 60% of the space heating load Energy efficient lighting is 23% more efficient than MNECB including occupancy sensors and daylight sensors Views for over 90% of spaces The B4 basement level houses one of the largest vivariums in Western Canada The BC Cancer Research Centre is a 15-storey research building that is home to 600 scientists and medical professionals conducting research into more than 200 types of cancer. It is a LEED Gold certified project, the first healthcare/laboratory facility in Canada to achieve such a high level of certification. READ MORE

C.K. Choi Institute for Asian Research

1855 West Mall UBC Vancouver, BC

Key Sustainability Features Minimal site disturbance Maximum daylight penetration into building Lights regulated by sensors Reuse of local salvaged materials Wastewater reduction strategies When the C.K. Choi Building was opened in June 1996, it set a benchmark for green design in North America. Front-loaded with an emphasis on design, it used an integrated design process that required that engineers and architects to work together in close collaboration. READ MORE

Fred Kaiser Building

2332 Main Mall UBC Vancouver, BC

Key Sustainability Features Low Flow Fixtures reduces potable water consumption by 50% Energy efficient design - maximum daylighting without energy loss Building footprint used existing buildings Designed for flexibility of uses This five-storey academic building provides lab space for UBC's Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty and offices for the Dean of Applied Science. It has 700 occupants, including faculty, researchers, administrators, and students. READ MORE

Liu Institute for the Study of Global Issues

6476 North West Marine Dr (UBC) Vancouver, BC

The Liu Institute for the Study of Global Issues was the second green building to be built at the University of British Columbia's Point Grey Campus. It houses a one-storey seminar wing with conference rooms and reception area and a three-storey research wing with private offices, library and board rooms. The design process involved a daylong 'project alignment' workshop during which the design team identified 60 sustainable targets for the project. The Liu Institute was designed to be 55% more efficient than the Model National Energy Code. Passive ventilation and cooling, a high-performance building envelope, and energy modeling helped to attain this energy reduction goal. Effective daylight strategies, occupancy sensors and photosensors reduce lighting loads. In order to reduce site disturbance the Liu was built on the footprint of a decommissioned student residence (Pan-Hellenic House) and its former parking lot. Low flow plumbing fixtures reduce water consumption and native plant landscaping eliminates irrigation requirements. READ MORE

Materials Testing Facility

900 E. Kent Ave Vancouver, BC

Key Sustainability Features Building comprised of 90% recycled material Local salvaged materials Onsite stormwater management Natural ventilation The City of Vancouver's Asphalt Plant and Materials Handling Facility, located on the north shore of the Fraser River, accommodates aggregate handling and asphalt manufacturing activities. The on-site two-storey Material Testing Facility houses laboratory facilities, associated offices, and amenity spaces. This building is comprised of 90% recycled content, successfully demonstrating the economical use of recycled and reused materials in construction. The extensive use of recycled materials resulted in a savings of $140,000.   READ MORE

William Farrell Building Revitalization for Telus

555 Robson St Vancouver, BC

Key Sustainability Features 75% reused/recycled materials 61% energy below ASHRAE 90.1 or the MNECB Decision to recycle building saved 16,000 tonnes of solid waste landfill This decision also saved 15,600 tonnes of greenhouse emissions Building systems operations save 520 tonnes of greenhouse emissions per year Over a 75-year lifespan, this project will save 54,600 tonnes of greenhouse emissions READ MORE

West Vancouver Aquatic Centre

2121 Marine Dr. West Vancouver, BC

The original West Vancouver Aquatic Centre was built in 1974 and provided 25 years of enjoyment to the community. When a system upgrade was needed, the District of West Vancouver took the opportunity to incorporate green technologies into a facility overhaul. Operable glazed doors and windows replaced heavy, dark materials, providing an abundance of natural light, and HVAC systems were revamped, allowing natural ventilation. These features, along with views of the surrounding wooded area and mountains give the user an outdoor experience within the facility. The signature east wall of the facility uses a series of electronically-operated solar shades, allowing control of solar heat and light.   READ MORE

Pemberton Community Centre

7390 Cottonwood Street Pemberton, British Columbia

Key Sustainability Features Geothermal system with variable refrigerant flow heating and cooling Water and energy conservation Passive design Locally-sourced materials and trades Within easy walking distance of the town core, the Pemberton Community Centre is a multi-use facility housing the Pemberton and District Public Library as well as a Community and Fitness Centre. It incorporates state-of-the art building technology and design in order to maximize energy efficiency and enhance the quality and flexibility of the community space. READ MORE

Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre

4584 Blackcomb Way Whistler, British Columbia

  KEY SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES Site-sensitive design: minimized site disturbance and emphasis on natural assets Water and energy efficiency Cultural significance: Show-casing cultural traditions of the Squamish and Lil’Wat First Nations Capacity building: employment and leadership training for First Nations Embodying the form, materials and scale of local First Nations traditional architecture, the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre showcases the history and cultures of the Squamish and Lil’Wat First Nations, whose traditional territories overlap in the Whistler area. The design of the Centre reflects their mutual respect, commitment to collaboration and a deep-rooted environmental ethic.   READ MORE

Salt Building

85 West 1st Avenue Vancouver, BC

KEY SUSTAINABILITY FEATURES Heritage preservation: re-use of materials Natural ventilation and lighting Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) Locally and regionally-sourced building materials Community health and resilience through adaptive design The Salt Building is an iconic historical landmark in the new Southeast False Creek (SEFC) neighbourhood, which is home to the Olympic Athletes’ Village. It is located on First Avenue and Manitoba Street, at the former shoreline of False Creek. Built in the 1930s when the shoreline bristled with ship builders, steel fabricators and sawmills, the Salt Building embodies the legacy of the rich industrial past of this neighbourhood. Originally, the building was used as a refinery of salt, which was shipped from San Francisco. The north end of the building retains a small dock-like structure where the salt was loaded and unloaded. As railway transportation gradually replaced shipping, the building reoriented to the south and was later converted to a paper recycling plant. It is now owned by the City of Vancouver, and in 2011 a new bakery, coffee shop and brewpub will make the historic Salt Building an important gathering place for the local community. The rehabilitation of the Salt Building, initiated in 2007, presented a rare opportunity to integrate the concepts of adaptive reuse and heritage conservation, in the context of sustainable practices, as identified by the LEED Core and Shell (CS) system.  As a result, the Salt Building is one of very few heritage projects to achieve Gold certification under LEED – CS in Canada. The rehabilitation included shell restoration and raising the building on piling extensions to align with the new street level. This also served to highlight the original exposed timber piles on which the building rests, providing a sense of layered history of the site. Its large, open interior, supported by elaborate roof trusses, creates a unique amenity for the community. The Salt Building meets LEED Gold requirements by utilizing natural ventilation and lighting, a Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU), and the reuse of materials. READ MORE

SEFC Net Zero Building

Southeast False Creek Vancouver, BC

Key Sustainability Features Passive design: enhanced building envelope, including triple-pane windows; innovative vertical ventilation system with air expelled by passive rather than mechanical means Energy efficiency and enhanced thermal comfort: capillary mat radiant heating systems and heat recovery system Renewable energy production: solar thermal array system Occupant awareness and engagement: energy display system in each suite allows for monitoring and adjustment of energy and water consumption Energy efficiency: 68% reduction of energy consumption anticipated The Southeast False Creek (SEFC) Net Zero building, located in Southeast False Creek, is Canada’s first net zero multi-unit residential building. The goal of net zero buildings is to produce as much energy as they consume on an annual basis. It is an eight-story affordable seniors residence with 67 units, including six street-level townhouses.  READ MORE

Harmony House

7990 Joffre Avenue Burnaby, British Columbia

CMHC EQuilibrium Home Harmony House is a single family home that features a healthy indoor environment, energy efficiency, low environmental impact, significant resource conservation, affordability considerations, and production of as much energy as it consumes in a year (a net-zero energy home) from on-site renewable energy systems. Key Sustainability Features Net Zero Energy Solar PV and Solar Hot Water Natural Ventilation mode Rainwater Capture and reuse READ MORE

AERL - Aquatic Ecosystem Resource Laboratory

2202 Main Mall, UBC Vancouver, BC

The Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL) is a four story, 6,000 m facility that serves as an interdisciplinary research facility at the University of British Columbia for The UBC Fisheries Centre The Institute for Resources Environment and Sustainability The BC Fisheries Research Unit Completed in 2006 AERL features a state-of-the-art Immersion Laboratory that simulates real-time underwater and coastal habitats. The Canada Green Building Council has awarded LEED-BC Gold Certification to UBC-AERL. A large central atrium acts as a natural ventilation stack and eliminates the need for mechanical ventilation systems. In the summer, concrete surfaces are naturally cooled in the evening, providing radiant cooling for the upper three floors during the day. Thanks to the efforts of AERL staff and student volunteers, this is the only facility on the UBC Point Grey campus to have a building-wide composting program. READ MORE

Crossroads Mixed-use Development

  • Interview with David Dove - Principal, Perkins+Will Canada

507 West Broadway Vancouver, BC

The Crossroads Mixed-use Development is located between 8th Avenue and Broadway along Cambie Street in Vancouver. Due to its size, street frontages, sloping topography and ready transit access, the site is ideally suited to a mix of uses. The project houses large-format food and drug stores, commercial retail units, rental office space, a bank, two restaurants, and market residential uses. READ MORE

Station Pointe Greens

Fort Road Edmonton, Alberta

Already recognized by the Canadian Urban Institute with a Brownie Award for Brownfield Development, Station Pointe is a redevelopment of the historic Fort Road Old Town area in Edmonton, Alberta. Phase I of the project is a mixed-use development where people can live, work, shop, and attend community events and programs. The design will include rainwater harvesting, on-site biological water treatment, natural ventilation, passive solar, solar thermal and solar PV, heat recovery, and efficient control strategies. A district energy system will have the potential of energy sharing with future phases of the project and with neighboring industries. Station Pointe is targeting net zero energy use and is located next to a Light Rail Rapid Transit (LRT) Station and bus terminal making it the new exemplary model for sustainable living. READ MORE

Cactus Club Cafe English Bay

  • Consultant David Martin & Project Manager Alison Mazurek

1790 Beach Avenue Vancouver, BC

Cactus Club Café is a 576 m2 (6,200 sq. ft.), 2-storey restaurant set at 1790 Beach Avenue, near the corner of Denman and Davie Streets. Situated along Vancouver’s English Bay beachfront – the busiest beachfront in Vancouver – it is at the heart of the richly diverse West End district. The Café replaces the existing Park Board concession stand, and has been designed to target LEED Gold.      READ MORE

First Place Residence

  • Audio Tour - Jeremy Murphy, Sustainability Solutions Group & Christine Williams, Lookout Emergency Aid Society

188 East 1st Avenue Vancouver, BC

First Place was designed with the intention of creating a welcoming building that tenants are proud to call home. Specifically designed to house individuals who were homeless and having few, if any housing options, the features included in First Place contributes significantly to people successfully ending their homelessness, and provides them a home for life. READ MORE

Hesquiaht First Nation School

Refuge Cove IR No. 6 Refuge Cove, British Columbia

School, wood frame, remote location on west coast of Vancouver Island, air & water access only, 75km north of Tofino, proposing alternate energy for heating, natural ventilation(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Hamilton Fire Hall #5

23031 Westminster Hwy. Richmond, British Columbia

Key Sustainability Features 52% potable water use reduction Outdoor air is preheated by a SOLARWALL® and a heat recovery system that extracts heat from the exhausting air. 50% of roof is vegetated READ MORE

Surrey Main Building Expansion

12666 - 72nd Avenue Surrey, British Columbia

Located in front of the existing Administration Building, the new Administration Building (C2) will serve as an expression of the expanded and enhanced Kwantlen University College Surrey Campus to both students and visitors. The prominent location and dramatic presence of the new Administration Building on 72nd Avenue will provide Kwantlen with a new front door to the Campus that will welcome and orient students and visitors. The Integrated Design Process has been used from the outset to shape C2 Administration building systems, coordinate flexible modular internal layouts and enhance the progressive sustainable building mandate. Key building features being investigated include considered building materials and system choices that focus on durable, local, re-cycled and recyclable materials, low VOC materials, natural ventilation, radiant heating and cooling, harvesting of geothermal energy, energy saving lighting systems, permeable pavers and water features. Our goal is to design a building that is both energy efficient and provides a healthy work environment for it's occupants while substantially reducing the long term running costs for the owner.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation

107 Tunnel Mountain Drive Banff, Alberta

The Kinnear Centre has been centrally located within the Banff Centre as it is to be considered the programmatic heart of the campus. It is the main public building as its program components have been strategically placed within this building to deliberately encourage interaction among the different user groups across the campus. The footprint and massing has been carefully considered to substantially increase the areas of natural landscape as well as to create a range of open spaces. The Learning Building has been designed to high environmental standards. Efficient exterior envelope assemblies will ensure a reduction in energy use. Strategies incorporating sun shading, Low E glass, natural ventilation in classrooms and the galleria and the provision of natural light to all regular occupied spaces have been carefully designed to ensure the comfort of the occupants and efficient mechanical and electrical systems. Exterior materials such as zinc, wood, stone and glass have been selected for their appropriateness to this context as well as their durability. All interior finishes have been selected on the basis of long term performance and low emissions.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Envision Credit Union - Maple Ridge Branch

20133 Lougheed Highway Maple Ridge, British Columbia

New construction of an Envision Credit Union Financial Services Building, approximately 3,073 sq. ft in size. The building will be designed in an integrated fashion with sustainable features like geothermal earth energy and natural ventilation using earth tempered air.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Social Sciences and Mathematics Building

3800 Finnerty Road (Box 3060) Victoria, British Columbia

This project is a five storey academic, office, research lab, classroom, and lecture hall facility for the Social Sciences and Mathematics departments at the University of Victoria. The building is a courtyard configuration, narrow footprint design to maximize views, enable natural ventilation to a majority of occupied spaces, and provide gathering space among native plantings in the courtyard. Other notable sustainable features include full green roofs, the re-use of campus Aquatic facility waste water for flushing toilets and a stormwater management system that showcases the rainwater as it flows from the building.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

1249 Howe Street project - McLaren Housing Society

  • 1249 HoweStreet - Alicia Costa, McLaren Housing Society & Jeremy Murphy, Sustainability Solutions Group

1249 Howe Street Vancouver, British Columbia

The building at 1249 Howe Street is a 12-storey multi-tenant affordable housing complex in downtown Vancouver, containing 110 residential units of supportive housing with amenities and staff offices. The building is run by the McLaren Housing Society of British Columbia, whose mission is to provide safe and affordable housing to men, women and families living with HIV / AIDS who are in financial need. READ MORE

Oil & Gas Commission Corporate Office

300 - 398 Harbour Road Victoria, British Columbia

The BC Oil and Gas Commission (Commission) achieved LEED® Canada Platinum CI 1.0 certification at their Dockside Green office location in Victoria. The office features heating from a biomass plant, treated wastewater for toilet flushing, opening windows maximizing natural ventilation and large windows offering high levels of natural light supplemented with sensor lighting to reduce unnecessary electricity consumption. All building materials and finishes contain low volatile organic compound (VOC) and no urea-formaldehyde. Furniture systems are cradle to cradle, and only green cleaning products are used. Staff also participates in the Dockside Green recycling and composting programs. The office space is part of the Dockside Green Inspiration building, also known for its own LEED® Platinum certification. The Dockside Green community features on-site sewage treatment, a wastewater treatment plant and buildings designed for energy-efficiency. It is an award-winning development combining residential homes, retail outlets, office space and light industrial uses. READ MORE

The Budzey Building

  • Budzey Building - George Simpson, Raincity and Wanda Felt, NSDA Architects

Vancouver, British Columbia

The Budzey Building is a 10 storey, 10,989 m2 multi-unit residential social housing development with ancillary support services and amenity spaces combined with secondary use leased spaces. The project is located on a site purchased by the City of Vancouver in 2007, which was identified as on one of the 12 City-owned sites to be reserved for social and supportive housing. Built as a home for women and women-led families who require supportive housing, the housing project is managed by RainCity Housing and Support Society. RainCity helps families address issues, which may include mental health concerns or substance abuse, through various programs and support services to build community and partnerships for tenants. In honour of a vibrant resident of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the building was bestowed with the name Budzey, after Lorna Budzey who died in 2000. Lorna stayed with RainCity due to the lack of supports and housing that recognized her unique experiences. She invited RainCity to take the time to listen and be aware of how to interact with and support individuals while challenging the organization to be inclusive and welcoming to everyone. READ MORE

Kwayatsut - 675 East Broadway

  • Kwayatsut House - Larry Adams, NSDA Architects and Shelly Hill, Vancouver Native Housing Society

2465 Fraser Street Vancouver, British Columbia

Kwayatsut is a multi-unit social housing development with ancillary support services and amenity spaces supporting youth at risk, combined with secondary use, commercial leased spaces. Constructed as part of BC Housing’s Provincial Homelessness Initiative (PHI) program. PHI was developed to provide long-term housing in the form of compact self-contained residential suites to help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness move toward more secure housing, gain greater self-reliance, and achieve appropriate employment. The project is pursuing a Gold certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and is a participating project in the BC Hydro Power Smart New Construction Program. READ MORE

City of Windsor Fire Hall No. 7

1380 Matthew Brady Blvd. Windsor, Ontario

The proposed Windsor Fire Station No. 7 will consist of a new one-storey building structure of approximately 1,000 square meters; the project is located on a prominent vacant lot at the intersection of Lauzon Parkway and McHugh Street within the City of Windsor. At this location, the building will be visible from three publicly exposed frontages. The façade will showcase a contemporary design while using traditional fire station materials and colour palettes. Approximately twelve fire fighters and captains will be stationed here at any given time. The proposed station, which includes a three bay apparatus room, dinning and kitchen facility, lounge area, day office, public corridor space, dormitories with locker rooms, and toilet facilities, is targeted for a LEED Silver rating. To achieve LEED silver status, the team proposes a white membrane roof, certified wood, and polished concrete floors with an in-floor radiant heat system. The design also minimizes the number windows with southern exposure, but maintains an adequate amount of views to the exterior. Operable windows provide the fire fighters with controllability of their living spaces and natural ventilation. The project will have an outdoor eating area and public landscape park. The landscaping will incorporate the use of trees to help shade parking lots and provide building shade to reduce energy consumption. The project is scheduled for completion in November 2011.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

UBC Tennis Centre

6160 Thunderbird Boulevard Vancouver, British Columbia

This state-of-the-art 75,000 square foot UBC Tennis Centre will serve as a landmark athletics destination for the UBC campus and residential community. Five new indoor leisure courts and three tournament courts complete with spectator viewing areas, changerooms and administrative space will round out this replacement to the existing indoor tennis centre. Daylighting and natural ventilation are placed carefully throughout the building, respecting the specialized requirements for tournament level tennis play. Recycled and low-voc materials will be preferenced throughout the facility. Interior public space and circulation is given generous access to the outdoors while passersby on the outside of the facility are encouraged to view the playing of indoor tennis at several exterior viewing areas.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Metro Transit Dartmouth Bridge Terminal

Nantucket Ave Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

New bus passenger terminal for Metro Transit. This will be the largest passenger terminal in the province, serving spaces for 16 buses, and accommodating more than 17,000 passengers per day. The project features a green roofed terminal, providing passengers with comfortable waiting areas inside and outside the building. There are large overhangs and extended canopies, as well as ample treed areas providing shaded areas for waiting passengers; and the site features a layby lane for bus drivers, to minimize bus idling. Ample use of natural daylighting and natural ventilation have been featured, and water use has been minimized thru fixture specification.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Thorncliffe Park Public School

80 Thorncliffe Park Dr East York, Ontario

A new school building is proposed to be added on the site of the existing Thorncliffe Park Public School in Toronto. Some 700 4 to 5 year olds will attend junior and senior kindergarten in this new school, and the quality of their learning environment is of great concern. We are investigating the use of natural ventilation and sun control systems to potentially replace conventional air-conditioning. In specifying materials and finishes, emphasis will be placed on eliminating toxins from the Kindergarten environment.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Rogers Arena - West Tower

  • Aquilini Centre West (Rogers Arena - West Tower) - Mark Mazzone and Kevin Hoffman, Aquilini Development and Construction

150 Pacific Boulevard North Vancouver, British Columbia

Located on the property around Rogers Arena, the West Tower is part of an overall site strategy to accommodate a mix of uses, primarily residential-rental, in 3 distinct towers. These buildings are part of the planning and redevelopment process for Northeast False Creek. The sum of these projects will complete the development of the last of the Expo Lands and surrounding sites. The three new buildings on the Rogers Arena site add a diverse range of uses to this new neighbourhood. Rogers Arena West Tower, branded as the West Tower at Aquilini Centre, is a 26-storey mixed-used tower (exclusive of mechanical penthouse). Built at the southwest corner of Rogers Arena above the existing arena loading and servicing area, its total building area is 285,000 square feet. READ MORE

Djavad Mowafaghian Child Care Centre

  • Djavad Mowafaghian Child Care Centre - Jason Packer, Recollective Consulting

4500 Oak Street Vancouver, British Columbia

The Djavad Mowafaghian Child Care Centre is located on the campus of the Children’s and Women’s Health Care Centre at 4500 Oak Street Vancouver. Funded through a generous donation by the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation, the Centre provides space for 49 children infants, toddlers and preschoolers with indoor and outdoor play, quiet time, offices, a small kitchen, and a staff lounge. Leased to the YMCA as a third party operator, the Child Care Centre has direct access to outdoor play areas and drop-off staging areas for parents. The one-storey 684 m2 building is nestled into a grass covered berm on a previously developed site. The building has a number of sustainable features and is targeting LEED® Gold certification. READ MORE

North Vancouver City Hall

North Vancouver, BC

This project expanded the existing North Vancouver City Hall into the vacated library structure and provided a new atrium to bridge between the existing building and renovated office space. The project encompasses 2,700 square meters of renovated space and 1,100 square meters of additional space for a total of 3,800 square meters. The Atrium provides new entrances both on 13th Street and across from the City Library on the 14th Street Plaza and has created a new identity for the City Hall. READ MORE

Alexander Street Community - 111 Princess Ave

  • Jeff West, Portland Hotel Society and Jeremy Murphy, Sustainability Solutions Group - Alexander Street Community

111 Princess Avenue Vancouver , BC

The project at 111 Princess Avenue is a 139-unit, mid-rise multi-unit residential located in Vancouver, BC. This supportive housing facility is run by the Portland Hotel Society (PHS) Community Services Society, who provides community residents of inner city neighbourhoods with programs, support and housing to help stabilize their lives. READ MORE