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The Friedman Building Renovation

2177 WESBROOK MALL Vancouver, BC

The Friedman Building Renovation Project is a four story, 6229 m2 facility that houses the School of Audiology and Speech Sciences and the Physical Therapy Division, School of Rehabilitation Sciences. Completed in 2008 the Friedman building is upgraded to improve life safety, accessibility, energy efficiency, and opportunities for student and faculty interaction. All of these measures greatly enhance the learning and working conditions in the building. The project is seeking the Canada Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification. If certified, The Friedman Project could become one of the very few major renovation projects that achieve LEED Gold in Canada. READ MORE

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

Stobart School Renovation and Addition

616 Front Street Duck Lake, Saskatchewan

The Stobart School redevelopment project is the consolidation of the elementary and high school facilities into a single new K-12 facility in Duck Lake Saskatchewan. The town of Duck Lake it its surrounding communities have a young and growing population, so this school is an exciting component of the future growth expected to occur in this area. Along with the K-12 school component, the facility will house an adult skills training center and a community daycare center. Combine that with the town's population having access to the resource center and multi-purpose space, and this project not only becomes a new school, but a new facility to serve the entire community. To further enhance the student and community experience, the Prairie Spirit School Division and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education has committed to building sustainably by attaining a LEED Silver Certification level for this project. The first area the project team used sustainable design principles for the Stobart School project is in the selection and redevelopment of the site. An early decision made was to reuse the existing school site as opposed to a redevelopment on a greenfield site. The existing site is in the southwest corner of the town, adjacent to natural prairie. As such, the design team thought it appropriate to return land not used for play areas for the students back to it's natural state. This will allow the site to sustain itself, will help re-establish local species, and also help minimize the irrigation required. Secondly, the design team wished to develop a strategy for water from the site. The town of Duck Lake does not have a storm system, so all water from site drains directly to the local water system. In order to decrease the amount of harmful material entering into the water system, it was decided to create a natural wetland on the edge of the property to act as a retention area for water, but also to help filter out contaminants before leaving the site. The existing schools were constructed between 1958 and 1981. When it came time to redevelop the schools, the question 'Is there any portion of the existing structures that can be saved?' was asked. The design team determined that the newest addition to the facility, housing the gym and practical arts areas could be reused. Although unsure if this area is large enough to achieve a credit for building reuse, at the very least it keeps materials out of the local landfill. As this project moves from design to construction, the design team will ensure that air quality measures are met so the students move into a clean building environment. Low VOC materials will be specified, and IAQ management plans will be created for construction. There are also plans to implement a CO2 Monitoring system and operable windows in the school so proper fresh air levels can be maintained. The goal for these enhancements is a better experience for all users in the facility.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Our Lady of the Snows & Notre-Dame des Monts

3100 Stewart Creek Drive Canmore, Alberta

Our Lady of the Snows - Ecole Notre-Dame des Monts is a shared use K-12 school. It is located in Canmore, on a valley slope surrounded by the Rocky Mountains. The school is a two storey building with a steel, masonry and exposed glulam structure. Designed for 480 students, OLS - NDM features energy-saving mechanical and electrical systems along with a well-insulated building envelope. Clerestory glazing and skylights help to bring natural light into the interior spaces, while low-e glazing contributes to occupant comfort. Low VOC-emitting materials have been specified throughout to ensure good indoor air quality. Native plant materials and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures help to reduce water use.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Our Lady of Wisdom School

134 Rainbow Falls Drive Chestermere, Alberta

Our Lady of Wisdom School is being built in Chestermere, Alberta. Designed for 350 K-6 students, the school features energy-saving mechanical and electrical systems along with a well-insulated building envelope. Local building materials and those with recycled-content and FSC-certified wood have been selected. Effective ventilation and low VOC-emitting products ensure good indoor air quality. Native plant materials and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures help to reduce water use.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Calgary Police Service District 1 New Facility

1010 26 Avenue SE Calgary, Alberta

Calgary Police Service District 1 addresses specific needs of operations, security and occupant comfort. Offices have access to natural light, mechanical & electrical systems are efficient, materials are to meet low voc compliance, be of recycled content and manufactured locally whenever possible. CPS D1 is to be in compliance with The City of Calgary's Green Plan. This building was originally imported from the Canadian Green Building Council's http://www.cagbc.org/leed/leed_projects/ id: 10588) on 2009-06-09. Please confirm that the import was successful, login, and remove this message. Help make the Green Building Brain better. READ MORE

Calgary Police Service Forensics Centre

1010 26 Avenue SE Calgary, Alberta

Calgary Police Service Forensics Lab addresses specific needs of operations, security and occupant comfort. Offices have access to natural light, mechanical & electrical systems are efficient, materials are to meet low voc compliance, be of recycled content and manufactured locally whenever possible. CPS Forensics is to be in compliance with The City of Calgary's Green Plan.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Good Shepherd School

1319 Thorburn Drive SE Airdrie, Alberta

Good Shepherd School is being built in Airdrie, Alberta. Designed for 350 K-6 students, the school features energy-saving mechanical and electrical systems along with a well-insulated building envelope. Local building materials and those with recycled-content and FSC-certified wood have been selected. Effective ventilation and low VOC-emitting products ensure good indoor air quality. Native plant materials and high-efficiency plumbing fixtures help to reduce water use.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Brookside Public School

75 Oasis Boulevard Scarborough, Ontario

Brookside Public School is located in Scarborough, Ontario, close to the Rouge River tributary. It consists of radiantly heated and cooled slabs, with a displacement ventilation system. The materials are specified to be low-VOC with high recycled content. A green education program is integrated with the schools classroom activities. Low flow fixtures, and waterless urinals result in an overall projected water savings of 35% for indoor uses. The site is rehabilitated with native vegetation.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Canadian Union of Public Employees - National Office

1375 St. Laurent Blvd. Ottawa, Ontario

The new CUPE / SCFP National Headquarters will be a 5 storey office building complete with conference wing, and is expected to achieve a 60% energy savings and 42% potable water use reduction over the MNECB standard reference building. Key features include xeriscaping, best practice commissioning, high percentages of construction waste diversion, recycled and regional materials used, FSC certified wood products, carbon dioxide monitoring in the ventilation design, a construction IAQ management plan, low VOC products used throughout, operable windows, over 90% views to the outdoors, over 65% daylighting, and a Green education program.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Aquaquest: The Mary Blusson Learning Centre

845 Avison Way Stanley Park Vancouver, BC

Key Sustainability Features Waste diverted from landfill during construction: 90% Heat pump system that takes advantage of the constant temperature of adjacent seawater Rainwater capture and reuse Water savings: an estimated 1,480,000 litres of water per year (based on simulation) 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

National Works Yard

701 National Ave Vancouver, BC

Key Sustainability Features: The combination of high-efficiency fixtures and storm water collection results in a 75% reduction in potable water use, saving over 2,000,000 litres of water annually 75% of materials used in the project were locally manufactured 23% of materials used in the project were locally harvested 90% of construction waste was recycled Innovative mechanical and lighting systems use 60% less energy used than required by the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB) The mechanical system consists of a ground source heat pump system, combined with radiant panel heating and cooling The National Works Yard is an Engineering Operations Facility for the City of Vancouver that incorporates the operations of eight city branches and associated administrative support. It houses approximately 400 employees. This brownfield development was built on a former rail yard and has become a pilot initiative for the City of Vancouver to promote sustainable design practices. The Administrative Centre and Parking Operations Building were the first in Canada to receive LEED Gold Certification from the Canada Green Building Council under the LEED-BC criteria. READ MORE


1475 Howe St Vancouver, BC

Key Sustainability Features 45% energy consumption below the MNECB 30% reduction in water use 25% reduction in stormwater run off READ MORE

The Silva

131 West 16th Street North Vancouver, British Columbia

Key Sustainability Features Daily water usage is 43% below the GVRD average of 320 L per person per day Energy efficient strategies result in cost-savings of $16,000 per year 27% reduction in rate and quantity of stormwater run off Over 50% of materials (by value) manufactured locally READ MORE

Light House Sustainable Building Centre

2060 Pine Street Vancouver, BC

Light House is Canada’s first sustainable building centre, which opened its new 5,400-square feet (approximately 502 square metre) facility at 2060 Pine Street in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics. Open six days a week, Light House was a combination of green building gallery and tradeshow with ongoing displays and exhibitions to inspire and inform visitors and to help companies make new business connections. Light House also housed a green building library and an education centre. Founded in November 2005 by Simon Fraser University and Ecotrust Canada, Light House is a broadly supported non-profit market catalyst funded by the business community and its own programs and services. READ MORE

Suter Brook Village

Inlet Centre Port Moody, BC

Suter Brook Village is being developed on a 22-acre (8.7 hectare) brownfield site in the City of Port Moody. The city and the developer, the ONNI Group, conceived the development as a neighbourhood that will retain and enhance the natural environment, in particular Suter Brook, one of the few remaining urban streams in Metro Vancouver that remains a viable habitat for salmon. 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

Hillcrest Centre

  • Interview: Darryl Condon- Hughes Condon Marler

4575 Clancy Loranger Way Vancouver, British Columbia

The Hillcrest Centre (formerly known as the Vancouver Olympic/Paralympic Centre at Hillcrest Park) is located in Vancouver’s Riley Park neighbourhood near Queen Elizabeth Park. It was the home of competition curling events during the 2010 Winter Games. The venue was converted to a community facility for the residents of Vancouver, housing a new community/fitness centre, Community Ice Arena, Curling club, library, preschool, field house, and offices, including the Queen Elizabeth Park District Offices, as well as an aquatic centre with indoor and outdoor pools. The entire complex is fully accessible. 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

The Mount Pleasant Community Centre

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

1 Kingsway Vancouver, BC

The Mount Pleasant Centre is a gleaming multi-service civic centre with virtually everything under the roof. The heart of the building is the new Community Centre, featuring a gym and climbing wall, a fitness centre, dancing studio, multi-purpose rooms and outdoor space. Mount Pleasant Centre also houses a new Vancouver Public Library, Child Development Centre, café and market value rental housing. READ MORE

Station Street Community

  • 1005 Station St, Vancouver - Ken Wong and Larry Adams of NSDA Architects

1005 Station Street, Vancouver, BC

Station Street Community at 1005 Station St. is a 41,172 sq. ft. six-storey multi-unit residential, LEED Gold Targeted building located in Vancouver's downtown eastside. The project is a partnership between the City of Vancouver and BC Housing, and will provide 80 self-contained 325 sq ft. studio apartments for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness due to physical or mental health, substance dependencies, or forensic history. READ MORE

Penticton Aquatic Centre

Penticton, BC

The Penticton Aquatic Centre is targeting LEED Silver. Features, bike racks, FSC certified wood, the north facing glass allows for natural daylight which reduces energy costs, and over 20% of the building materials are local and recycled. Carbon dioxide monitoring and the use of low VOC (volatile organic compound) emitting sealants, paints, carpet and wood. Green cleaning products and procedures are used for housekeeping within the building, further promoting good indoor air quality. We’ve also reduced CFC and HCFC (chlorofluorocarbons and hydrofluorocarbons) levels in the building’s systems, helping to protect the ozone layer. Overall, there is a 40% reduction in water use and, amazingly, the energy consumption of the enlarged centre and pool addition is actually less than the original Penticton Aquatic Centre. Energy savings are realized through heat recovery, efficient roof top units, reduced hot water consumption, lighting. From bike racks, to recycled materials to sophisticated systems that make the air easier to breath, the Penticton Aquatic Centre is a green building for everyone to enjoy. The roof of the addition uses light coloured materials to reduce the heat island effect associated with typical dark roofs which attract sunlight and cause higher temperatures. Durability of the building was a prime consideration throughout design and construction. This will help save money and environmental impact associated with maintenance and replacement of building components over the live of the building. 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

Keio University Hiyoshi Campus Fourth Building, Independence Wing

4-1-1 Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

Housing classrooms, this structure was rebuilt as part of Keio University’s 150th anniversary celebrations. The design brief emphasized two key points—the facilities would cater to some 10,000 students at peak times and should serve the university for at least 50 years. Hence, the design has a straightforward structural presence. A gentle approach lined with cherry blossom trees links campus to town; the large roof and louvers facing the approach avenue connect building and environs; while students pass to and fro through the approach junction and atrium. The interior and exterior common spaces incorporate systems that utilize natural energy sources and capitalize on the site’s approximately 9m difference in elevation between lowest and highest points to provide a diverse space for students. The combination of atrium, rooftop courtyard and innovative classroom layout protects the 35 large and small learning spaces from noise and afternoon sun, providing a constant flow of fresh air through the atrium to the classrooms. Removal of an 8m-high concrete retaining wall from above the adjoining main road and resultant 180m-long open space is a scenic plus for the town. By incorporating concrete and other materials from the previous building in the external cladding, a new relationship with the building’s surroundings was built on traces of the past. READ MORE

Sanford Apartments

  • Ken Wong and Larry Adams of NSDA Architects

1601 West 7th Avenue Vancouver, British Columbia

In November 2012, Sanford Apartments opened its doors at Fir and West 7th Avenue in Vancouver, British Columbia, celebrating the completion of the 7th supportive housing complex under the Provincial Homelessness Initiative. This City of Vancouver and BC Housing partnership, in collaboration with operators Sanford Housing Society and Motivation Power and Achievement Society, provides supportive housing and mental health services for residents and visiting clients. In addition to a commitment to social sustainability, Sanford Apartments was designed to achieve environmental sustainability and is actively seeking a LEED Gold Standard.  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

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

Ad Valorem Place

2924 - 11 Street NE Calgary, Alberta

The City of Calgary is pursuing its first LEED Commercial Interiors certification as a part of Corporate Properties and Buildings' office building renovation project at Ad Valorem Place. The project is in the construction phase and is expected to be completed in 2009. Approximately 82,761 sq ft (7688 m_) of office space will be renovated on 3 floors throughout the building. There are approximately 215 occupants who will benefit from the improved work environment that will result from this project. The project will achieve improvements in air quality using low-emitting materials such as low-VOC paints, CRI certified carpets and GreenGuard certified furniture. Additionally improvements to the HVAC system will provide increased ventilation and monitor the delivery of fresh air. Energy consumption will be reduced with new energy efficient condensing boilers, re-lamping the existing fixtures with more efficient lamps, and the installation of occupancy sensors throughout the building. All fabrics and finishes used in the project will have as much recycled content as possible and also have low VOCs. The project will be reusing the majority of interior walls, flooring and ceiling systems and wherever possible, materials will be salvaged. Among materials planned for reuse are existing interior sidelights, interior doors and door frames.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Donald Cameron Centre

107 Tunnel Mountain Drive Banff, Alberta

The renovation and expansion of Smith Hall will stand as example of both historical preservation and adoption of modern sustainable technologies. As part of this project the original Smith Hall will be completely retrofitted and expanded to house executive and administrative offices for the Banff Centre. In addition to maintaining the Banff Centre's campuswide approach to low-impact design and preservation of natural open space, the project is part of a movement to develop natural stormwater management techniques in concert with other nearby buildings. Water and energy efficiency are central to the design of building which is taking an integrated approach to conservation. Building materials used in construction will have a smaller environmental impact by including recycled content, regional manufacture, sustainably certified wood, and low VOC content. When complete, the building will offer an exception indoor environment for occupants through operable windows, day lighting, views to the outdoors, and improved comfort.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Halsall Associates Office Renovations

MacLeod Place II - 5940 Macleod Trail, #900 Calgary, Alberta

Floor layout converted from offices to open layout. Lighting fixtures re-worked to reduce electrical consumption, HVAC re-worked and balanced. Layout promotes daylighting and views to the exterior. Low VOC and NAUF materials used.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Carruthers Marsh Pavilion

55 Ashbury Boulevard Ajax, Ontario

Located at the south-east corner of Ashbury Boulevard and Audley Road South, this community Pavilion has been designed to complement the character of the surrounding residential neighbourhood and to integrate into the 4.26 acre waterfront park. Targeted as a LEED® Certified building, many 'green'ù initiatives have been incorporated to make the building healthier for the user, energy efficient and sustainable; reducing future operating and maintenance costs for the Town. The building itself will be constructed using products with low VOC's to eliminate off-gas toxins and materials with high recycled content. Due to its location along the waterfront trail, the pavilion offers ample bicycle parking and will be fully accessible to public transportation. Priority parking will also be provided for hybrid and carpool / vanpool vehicles. The building program will include washrooms, concession stand and a Community Room. Through the use of a Geothermal heat pump system, heat recovery from exhaust air and energy-efficient lighting with occupancy sensor control it is projected that the new Waterfront East Pavilion will save 215,000 MJ of energy annually contributing to a reduction of over 30,000kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. This is equal to the amount of CO2 consumed by 530 trees annually. Water consumption has been reduced over 40% with the use of water efficient fixtures and a rainwater harvesting cistern system for natural landscape irrigation. It is projected that over 500,000 litres of water will be saved annually. Amongst the many 'green' initiatives, the Town has also identified the new community Pavilion as one of three locations integrated into the 2009 / 2010 Waterfront Recycling Program, with a targeted diversion rate of 1,000 kg's of recyclables annually. The focus for this recycling campaign will be on single use beverage containers and paper products. Overall, the new Ajax Waterfront East Pavilion will assist in promoting a healthy lifestyle within the community, preserve and enhance natural landscapes and waterfront vistas and will respond to the need for quality community space.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Calgary North West High School (Arbour Lake)

John Laurier Blvd and Nosehill Drive Calgary, Alberta

Northwest High School is being built in Calgary, Alberta. Designed for 1500 high school students, under the Alberta Schools Alternative Procurement (ASAP II) approach for the Calgary Board of Education (CBE). The school sits on a uniquely sloped and terraced site; the resulting design is a compact, multi-level solution. Measurement and Verification will be used to enhance and achieve a high energy performance, complementing the well-insulated building envelope and energy-saving mechanical and electrical systems. Native and drought-tolerant plants coupled with high-efficiency plumbing fixtures will help reduce water use. Local building materials and those with recycled content and FSC-certified wood have been selected. Effective pollutant control, low VOC-emitting products and views to the exterior will ensure good indoor environmental quality.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Taylor Smyth Architects Office

245 Davenport Road Toronto, Ontario

Taylor Smyth Architects has recently moved to a new larger office space in the Yorkville area of Toronto. Slated to be LEED CI Gold, the office will incorporate green building strategies which will increase the quality of the space for occupant comfort such as increased ventilation and light and views for all seated stations. By choosing low VOC products, Green Guard certified furniture, and employing material resource reuse strategies while still maintaining the attention to detail and sensitivity to materials typical of the firm's aesthetic, the new Taylor Smyth Architects office space will serve as an example of our continued design philosophy.(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

Lewisporte Community Health Care Facility

21 Centennial Drive Lewsisporte, Newfoundland and Labrador

The Lewisporte Community Health Care Facility is located on Centennial Drive in the town of Lewisporte, Newfoundland. The project includes a 2-storey, long term care unit with 51 beds and a Dementia Care Bungalow with 12 beds. The Long Term Care building will also house the following services : resident care , after hours emergency , housekeeping, laundry, physiotherapy, recreation therapy, outreach programs and administration. The project goal is to reach LEED Silver certification through the implementation of such sustainable design strategies as: ground-source geothermal heating, super insulated building envelope, reduction in water use, storm water treatment, as well as the installation of materials with low VOC and recycled content.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

South Okanagan Secondary School

10332 - 350 Ave Oliver, British Columbia

The addition and renovation to the existing heritage secondary school in Oliver, BC, will be a combination of combustible and non-combustible construction, and will have a combined occupant load of 550. Phase one will consist of a partial west wing demolition, with the addition of a new gym, science wing and geothermal field, as well as a renovation of the existing west gym. Phase two will consist of renovations to the east wing and parking lot as well as south wing and theatre areas and an addition of a theatre plaza. Phase three will consist of parking lot and landscaping improvements. Sustainable design strategies include a durable, thermally efficient building envelope, installation of water efficient fixtures and upgrades to electrical and mechanical systems. Rapidly renewable, recycled and regional materials with low VOC content will be used to supplement the re-use of existing materials where possible.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

640 5th Avenue

640 5th Avenue Calgary, Alberta

This project aims to reposition a 1979 commercial property into a high performing, energy efficient LEED property. This urban project has aggressive energy reduction targets which are being addressed through HVAC retrofits and renovations. This Core & Shell project will incorporate the use of low consumption water fixtures, low-VOC materials throughout the base building.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Canada Post Corporation St. Albert Letter Carrier Depot

  • Canada Post St. Albert Letter Carrier Depot - Joanne Sawatzky, Light House

230 Carleton Drive St. Albert, Alberta

Located in Campbell Business Park North in St. Albert, Alberta, this Canada Post project is a one-storey, 1,672 square metre (18,000 square feet) light industrial warehouse building containing the operations, administrative and support areas for the sorting and consolidation of large quantities of mail. READ MORE

Pine Grove Correctional Centre

1700 7th Avenue N.E. Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Pine Grove Correctional Centre is a women’s correctional facility located in Prince Albert, SK. Owned and operated by Saskatchewan Government Services, this women’s facility works to serve the entire province of Saskatchewan. Originally built in 1965 to accommodate 52 female offenders, the aging building is no longer able to serve as an effective facility. The combination of a need for increased secure bed space with the requirement to meet the Ministry of Corrections, Public Spacing and Policing, a renovation and addition to the existing facility is currently underway. In concurrence with Pine Grove’s Master Plan, a phased New Living Unit addition is currently under construction. The new building will provide additional secure bed spaces, improve security, and increase programming space. For the secure bed space, the design includes 3 units each with 10 cells, allowing for 60 additional beds. The design takes into consideration shared supervision between units and the addition of flexible space. Each unit features a central living space which includes kitchen and laundry access. Saskatchewan Government Services, with a commitment to sustainable building design, has mandated a LEED Silver Target for all Government buildings in Saskatchewan. As a Government owned building, the Pine Grove Correctional Facility is no exception. As traditional correctional facility design does not lend itself well to daylighting, access to views, water savings, and controllability of systems, the design team has been extremely innovative in the approach to LEED certification for this building. The LEED implementation plan has required a combination of creativity and integrated design to develop an approach that will not only result in a sustainable building, but one that will set a precedent for future corrections development. Choosing a primarily concrete structure, the design team has taken into consideration the durability of both the building envelope and its finishes, ensuring the facility will be able to support its functions now and in the future. A focus on specifying materials that incorporate recycled content and local extraction/manufacturing is important for this project. Although a non-conventional method, all paints, coatings, finishes and cleaning products will be low VOC and be environmentally preferred products. In addition, 100% of the wood used in the facility will be FSC Certified. With a focus on rehabilitation, the New Living Unit concept encourages the human element. With this in mind, the cells will each feature two windows and access to views in each common area. Although access to daylight and views will not be achievable for this facility, it has been important to provide as many daylighting techniques as the nature of the facility will allow. The building will feature in-wall radiant heating in the cells where occupants will each have individual control over systems, with a central override to meet corrections requirements. Upon assessing the quantity of potable water use in the current Pine Grove facility, it was obvious to the project team that stormwater collection and greywater use be employed. The project will feature six cisterns in the building’s crawlspace for stormwater collection. With a high rainfall rate in Prince Albert, the stormwater collected will be used for greywater in flush fixtures and on-site irrigation. The intent is to only use non-potable water for these functions within the building. This is a new initiative for Government Services, and the design team looks forward to the project’s innovative approaches to set the standard for the future.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

North Building Reconstruction - Phase I

3359 Mississauga Road North Mississauga, Ontario

The intent for the North Building Reconstruction Phase I is to provide a high-quality learning environment while achieving a LEED Silver level of certification through the implementation of a comprehensive sustainability strategy that will include: Site Development In keeping with the university’s master plan restoration strategy, the designers are developing an approach to landscaping that will make use of native and drought-tolerant species. The design team is developing an approach to materials selection both on and around the building that will minimize the urban heat-island effect by increasing the reflectance. Water Efficiency The landscaping will reduce potable water usage by 100% by using drought-tolerant/native species that require no irrigation. Within the building, water-conserving fixtures such as low-consumption water closets and urinals and low-flow automatically controlled lavatory faucets will reduce indoor potable water usage. A rainwater harvesting system will collect rainwater from the roof, and store within a below-grade cistern. This water will be used to displace potable water for sewage conveyance and will reduce water usage by 45% compared to conventional buildings. Energy Efficiency The building envelope assemblies, lighting systems, and HVAC systems and controls for this project will be designed and commissioned to reduce the energy consumption of the building. A key part of this strategy will be the implementation of a ground source heat exchange system that will make use of a well field located below an adjacent playing field to reject and extract heat from on an annual basis. The energy efficiency measures are anticipated to reduce annual energy cost by over 35% compared to the Model National Energy Code for Buildings 1997. Materials The intent for the project is to select materials that contain a high level of recycled content (e.g. concrete, rebar/steel, drywall, etc.). Materials and products that are extracted/manufactured close to the site will also be given preference. All of the materials within the indoor environment will contain low or no volatile organic compounds (VOC) to protect the health of building occupants. Indoor Environmental Quality A key objective of this project is to provide a place for students to learn. To support this, the design is being developed to provide proper ventilation to all occupants in the most efficient way possible. Additionally, the lighting and climate control systems are being designed to facilitate centralized control while addressing the specific needs of the individual occupants. The air handling equipment will be equipped with high efficiency filters and will be monitored to ensure that proper levels of fresh air are provided to the lecture halls. The protection of the indoor air quality will be extended into the operation of the facility through the implementation of a green housekeeping program.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

King's University College - Student Learning Centre

293 Epworth Avenue London, Ontario

The King's University College - Student Life Centre project consists of a new two-storey building to be located on the campus of King’s University College (a college of the University of Western Ontario) in London, Ontario. Site Development The site has been designed to take advantage of alternative modes of transportation, including public transit (bus lines), bicycle storage and showering facilities, as well as designated carpool parking spaces. The surrounding site has been designed to be low-maintenance and will make use of native and adaptive species to provide habitat, as well as enhance the visual appeal of the site. The roof and impervious surfaces onsite have been selected to minimize the urban heat-island effect. Water Efficiency The landscaping will be designed to eliminate potable water usage for irrigation by 100% through the selection of drought-tolerant/native species. Water will be conserved within the building through the use of water efficient fixtures for both flush and flow devices. A rainwater-harvesting cistern that will collect water from the roof to offset potable water that will be used to flush toilets and urinals. This will result in a total indoor potable water use reduction of over 46%. Energy Efficiency The building envelope assemblies, lighting systems, and HVAC systems and controls for this project have been designed and will be commissioned to reduce the energy consumption of the building. Key elements of this strategy shall include: • Energy Recovery on the Custom Air Handling Unit (AHU-101) • Reduced lighting power density throughout the facility and use of occupancy sensors. • Daylight harvesting strategies utilizing glazing coupled with daylight sensors. • A heating system combined with radiant floor heating and zonal • Reduced fan energy through a reduction in fan power (i.e. Total Static Pressure) • Use of demand controlled ventilation to reduce outdoor air during unoccupied periods In combination, these energy efficiency measures are anticipated to reduce annual energy cost by over 27+% compared to ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 Energy Efficiency Design of New Buildings. Materials The intent on this project is to maximize the use of locally manufactured and extracted materials, both to minimize the environmental impact of transportation, but also to support the local economy. Where possible, materials that contain high-recycled content. During construction, a waste management and recycling program will be implemented, and be carried through to operation of the facility. Indoor Environmental Quality During construction the contractor will be responsible for protecting materials and ductwork to ensure no contaminants, moisture or dust will adversely affect the building occupants. All materials that are installed within the indoor environment should contain low, or no volatile organic compounds (VOC) to mitigate the possibility of harmful contaminants off-gassing into the indoor air. Furthermore indoor air quality testing conducted prior to occupancy will confirm that the building has been constructed to an elevated occupant health standard. The windows shall be designed to provide an abundance of daylight and views for all regularly occupied areas with the exception of the auditorium which requires a controlled ambiance.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

UW North Campus Phase I - LTC & RIA - The Village at University Gates

  • Village at University Gates - Richard Hammond of Cornerstone Architecture and Brad Schlegel of Schlegel Villages

250 Laurelwood Drive Waterloo, Ontario

This is the first phase of a continuum of care community for seniors developed by Schlegel Villages in conjunction with the University of Waterloo. Phase I consists of a 192-bed Long Term Care Facility connected with a Research Institute for Aging. READ MORE

UTM Innovation Complex

3359 Mississauga Road Mississauga, Ontario

The UTM Innovation Complex is a project that addresses the overcrowded educational and faculty needs of the Departments of Economics and Management at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus and to provide a new office for the functions of the Office of the Registrar. Both these academic and administrative functions have been in less than ideal circumstances for some time as the campus has burgeoned. In choosing to substantially expand and renovate the existing Kaneff Centre, the University is making a strong commitment to reusing its resources and in doing so found the opportunity to enclose an existing underutilized open space and add a significant new multi-function assembly space to the campus. The newly enclosed “Rotunda”, as a non-academic space, is a place that can contribute to the campus’ character and to the communal life of the students, staff and faculty that ultimately gives a campus it’s identity. The design challenge was to create a space that was simultaneously inclusive and in-keeping with the community scale of UTM but have a scale and grandeur to be a venue for significant events and occasions. The addition to the existing Kaneff Centre is 1590 s.m. of below grade space and 6960 s.m. of above ground space over three storeys. The programme is distribution is classroom spaces at the lower level, Office of the Registrar Services at grade, the multifunction assembly space or Rotunda at grade, the Department of Management offices on the second level and the Department of Economics offices on the third (with departmental representation at grade). Distributed throughout all above ground levels are non-assigned spaces for inter-departmental use. The four levels are accessed by a pair of elevators, two exit stairs placed to encourage everyday use and a convenience stair to the teaching spaces below grade. The building itself is served by two new entrances in addition to the existing 3 main entrances and encourages connection to the public transit stops. The primary massing objective of both the multifunction space and the academic teaching and office space was to minimize footprint, capture natural light and reinforce or create usable open spaces around the building addition. In order not to overwhelm the existing building, the addition adds discrete and geometric elements to unify an existing geometrically complex plan and tie the volumes together with use of a green roof. The envelope of the academic portion of the addition is designed to achieve R27 wall and R30 roof with a partial green roof portion. The exterior expression of the addition at the upper level is a series of vertical fins offset from the building to provide increase shading on the glazing and shading on the façade. The gesture as well unifies the overall expression of the building helping to frame the exterior spaces that surround the building defining the edges of a new plaza and garden spaces creating usable spaces in between buildings. The interior objective again was to capitalize on the low campus building height and to maximize daylight harvesting. The interior finishes are natural and local both to make a connection with the landscape (a defining characteristic of the, or low VOC content. The structure is concrete and steel with recycled content and all finishes will be sourced with sustainability in mind. The HVAC strategy will aim for high performance, high delta T delivery, the largest space, the Rotunda will be serviced with a displacement ventilation strategy and lighting fixtures will be efficient and controlled with occupancy sensors where applicable. Additionally all plumbing fixtures will be sourced for efficiency and the University of Toronto Mississauga is committed to a programme of responsible maintenance with respect to products and protocols. Most meaningfully though, the project is designed to be robust, with stone walls and terrazzo floors, durable and long lasting materials that will ensure that the building is built to last. Also in the design we have employed a strategy of future proofing, using the principles of linear planning, centralized cores and consolidated mechanical services this anticipates change in use and easily facilitates change as the various departments may change over time. The combine strategies of robust construction and future proofing minimize repair and extensive renovation even if the programme changes over time.(summary imported from CAGBC database. remove this message if edited) READ MORE

Salt (1308 Hornby)

  • Salt - Eesmyal Santos-Brault, Recollective and Jonathan Meads, Concert Properties

1308 Hornby Street Vancouver, BC

The Salt project is a 163,800 sq. ft., thirty-one storey mixed-use residential tower, above grade with a five-storey underground parkade, located at 1308 Hornby Street. The project is targeting LEED-NC Gold certification, and is meeting the City of Vancouver EcoCity sustainability rezoning requirements. READ MORE

Whistler Athletes Centre

Whistler, BC

The Whistler Athletes High Performance Centre is a two story, 1862 sq m. facility that is part of a larger development encompasses the Athletes Village (including Athlete Accommodations) and future sport fields. The facility is comprised mostly of offices, classrooms, a fitness area, and a gymnasium. As part of the Vancouver Organizing Committee’s Sustainability commitments, the Centre was required to achieve LEED Silver certification, which it did. READ MORE

Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence: Lassonde School of Engineering

  • Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence - York University Construction PM Irina Arsene & Paul Stevens of ZAS Architects

11 Arboretum Lane Toronto, Ontario

York University has instituted a new Engineering Building in Toronto, Ontario. The $113 million Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence is the new home of the Lassonde School of Engineering, which aims to instil engineers with entrepreneurialism, social conscience and a sense of global citizenship. Located in the southwest quadrant of York University’s Keele campus, the 170,000 square foot (15,800 square metre) building consists of five stories to accommodate learning spaces for electrical, civil and mechanical engineering programs. The facility embraces 21st century learning by providing spaces that are flexible, bold, creative, and collaborative. READ MORE

Langara Science and Technology Building

  • Langara Science and Technology Building - Wendy Lannard, Facilities Director, Langara College & Kori Chan, partner architect at Proscenium Architecture + Interiors

100 W 49th Ave Vancouver, BC

The Science & Technology Building features over 12,000 square metres of new campus space allocated over five storeys. On the west side, a dramatic 16-metre cantilevered portion incorporates a skylight window that allows natural daylight to penetrate through to the ground below. Registrar & Enrolment Services and food outlets anchor the main floor, with event space and meeting rooms on the second level. State-of-the-art chemistry, biology, physics, astronomy, nursing, and computing science labs populate the upper three floors. There are also collaborative study spaces, a greenhouse for instructional purposes, and an observation deck on the roof. The new building is pursuing 3rd party certification via the Canada Green Building Council, aiming for a Gold level in their Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) standard. The project has incorporated green building features such as a low emissivity roof, the use of local, sustainable building materials, an energy-efficient building envelope, and low-flow fume hoods with adjustable sashes. READ MORE