Thanks to our sponsors

 


 Our 2015 jury [left to right]:


- Braden Kurczak, P.Eng, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Fellow, Former manager, Business Development,
Buildings – Sustainability MMM Group Limited, Waterloo

- Megan Torza, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP BD+C, Partner, DTAH Toronto

- Darryl Condon, AIBC, AAA, OAA, FRAIC, LEED® AP,
Managing Principal, Hughes Condon Marler Architects, Vancouver

- John Crace, MNSAA, FRAIC, LEED AP BD+C,
Principal, Practice Leader Sustainability, Architecture49, Halifax


The eight winning projects that follow are among the most exemplary of sustainably-designed buildings in Canada

SURREY CIVIC CENTRE

SECHELT HOSPITAL EXPANSION AND RENOVATIONS

HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY

EARTH SCIENCES BUILDING

MEC HEAD OFFICE

GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE WATERFRONT CAMPUS

KWAYATSUT

BEECHWOOD DEEP ENERGY RETROFIT

 

The Awards presentation of the 2015 Canadian Green Building Awards, the annual program of Sustainable Architecture & Building [SABMag] and the Canada Green Building Council, took place in Vancouver on June 2 during the national conference of the CaGBC. The winning design teams of the eight selected projects received their certificates from our sponsors Interface, the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute, and Uponor.


 SURREY CIVIC CENTRE - Surrey, BC

The winning team of the Surrey Civic Centre, [left to right] Michael McDonald of Kasian Architects, Aubrey Kelly of Surrey City Development Corporation, and Chei-wei Tai of Moriyama &Teshima Architects, receiving their Award certificates from Doug Carter of Armtec representing sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute.

 

JURY COMMENTS
A bold and dramatic building that is nonetheless refined and elegant. A fitting statement for a municipality that is forging a new identity based on the consideration of sustainability at all levels - including transit, civicand community space, and the transparency and accessibility of government. This is a building that will draw the community in. Its performance metrics are equally impressive.

PROJECT CREDITS
Owner/Developer  Surrey City Development Corporation
Architect  Moriyama & Teshima Architects Joint Venture Architect  Kasian
Project Manager  Pivotal
General Contractor  PCL
Structural Engineer  Read Jones Christoffersen Consulting Engineers
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer  MCW Consultants Ltd.
Landscape Architects  Moriyama & Teshima Planners
Civil Engineer  Aplin & Martin Consultant Ltd.
LEED & Building Envelope Consultant  Morrison Hershfield
Cost Consultant  Gage Babcock & Associates Ltd.
Photos  Emma Peter

MATERIALS
Structural system is concrete, and steel structure for the main roof and mechanical penthouse roof; point-support atrium glazing, canopy and interior glass guards designed and supplied by Stella Custom Glass Hardware; precast cladding panels and fibre-cement board; geothermal heat exchange system, fan coil four pipe system for offices and VAV for council chamber, in-floor heating for atrium.

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HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY - Halifax, NS

George Cotaras of Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Architects receives the Award certificate for the Halifax Central Library on behalf of his firm and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects from Nadine Gudz representing sponsor Interface.

 

JURY COMMENTS
An extraordinary building that is most successful in its drama of architectural form and its public space. The project balances its  architectural, social and environmental aspirations and provides a great model for the design of environmentally responsible  community buildings. The Halifax Central Library provides an exciting and enjoyable community hub for Downtown Halifax, where building users will also be introduced first hand to key elements of sustainable design.

PROJECT CREDITS
Owner/Developer  Halifax Regional Municipality
Architect  Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Ltd. with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Construction Manager  Ellis Don
Landscape Architect  Gordon Ratcliffe
Civil/structural Engineer  SNC Lavalin
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer  CBCL Limited
Commissioning Agent  F.C O’Neill Scriven & Associates Ltd.
Photos  Adam Mork

MATERIALS
Unitized curtain wall system with with sealed glazing units and applied frit by Prelco, T5 and LED fixtures for artificial lighting; vegetated roofs incorporating hot rubber coating by Carlisle Construction Materials and podium membrane roof by Hydrotech. The REHAU radiant in-floor heating and cooling system reduces noise and maximizes space efficiency while providing significant energy savings. Carpet tile by Interface, sheet flooring by Forbo.

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MEC HEAD OFFICE - Vancouver, BC

The client and design team of the winning Mountain Equipment Co-op Head Office in Vancouver, [left to right] Sandy Treagus of Mountain Equipment Co-op and Greg Piccini, Ron Clay and Hugh Cochlin of Proscenium Architecture + Interiors Inc., receiving their Award certificate from Brian Hall of sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute.

 

JURY COMMENTS
A very high-performance building that does justice to its client’s corporate philosophy and aspirations. It includes some wonderful collaborative and social spaces. The project has been tailored to its inhabitants, offering up environmental features as a way to enhance their day-to-day working life. The green roof is not there just to gain a credit, but is a habitable program space for the enjoyment of employees.

PROJECT CREDITS
Owner/Developer  MEC
Architect  Proscenium Architecture + Interiors Inc.
Structural Engineer  Fast + Epp Structural Engineers
General Contractor  Ventana Construction
Landscape Architect  Sharp + Diamond Landscape Architecture
Civil Engineer  KWL Associates Ltd.
Electrical/mechanical Engineer  Pageau Morel et Associés
Commissioning Agent  Stantec
Photos  Ed White Photography

 MATERIALS
Glulam and nail-laminated wood construction with structural insulated panels and curtain wall system; TPO roof by Carlisle Construction Materials; heating and cooling through a series of 20 geothermal wells optimized by a ground-source heat pump system. The REHAU radiant heating and cooling system is one of the technologies which allows the structure to be 70% energy intensity reduction.

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KWAYATSUT - Vancouver, BC

Larry Cook [left] and Larry Adams of  NSDA Architects receive their Award certificate from Nadine Gudz representing sponsor Interface for the Kawyatsut Tower in Vancouver.

 

JURY COMMENTS
A challenging project, serving a high needs user group, this building needed to be highly durable as well as welcoming, supportive and environmentally responsible. To have met all these requirements on a tight budget is a considerable achievement. The building is generous and inclusive with elegant, comfortable and welcoming spaces that support and enhance self esteem. Transparency at grade enhances the connection to the community.”

PROJECT CREDITS
Owner/Developer  Vancouver Native Housing Society
Architect  NSDA Architects
General Contractor  Darwin Construction Ltd.
Landscape Architect  Perry + Associates
ElectricaL / Mechanical Engineer  MMM Group
Structural Engineer  Fast + Epp Structural Engineers
Commissioning Agent  CES Engineering
Building Envelope  exp. Services Inc.
Photos  Derek Lepper Photography

MATERIALS
Roofing pedestals with roof insulation using Atlas AC Foam III, and drainage board by Carlisle Construction Materials, mineral wool for cavity insulation, profiled metal cladding and clay masonry; ceiling-mounted water-to-air geothermal heat pump units, and domestic hot water pre-heated by water-to-water geothermal heat pump units, with gas-fired boilers for backup; Marmoleum flooring and Etrenal Step by Forbo.

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SECHELT HOSPITAL EXPANSION AND RENOVATIONS - Sechelt, BC

The client and design team receiving their Award certificates for the Sechelt Hospital and Expansion Renovations [l to r]: Glen Garrick of Fraser Health, Doug Carter of Armtec presenting for sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI], Susan Gushe of Perkins+Will Canada [and on behalf of the Farrow Partnership], and Larry Harder of Fraser Health.

 

JURY COMMENTS
This project is exemplary for its depth of integration at the community and social level. It is also an interesting exploration of how to improve clinical environments with operable windows, natural light and the integration of culture and community through works of art. Achieving such a high level of performance and at the same time strong connections to culture, nature and community is remarkable - particularly in a P3 project.

PROJECT CREDITS
Owner/Developer  Vancouver Coastal Health
Architect  Farrow Partnership in association with Perkins+Will Canada
Structural Engineer  Fast + Epp Structural Engineers
Electrical Engineer  Acumen Engineering
Mechanical Engineer  Integral Group
Landscape Architect  Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc.
Civil Engineer  Stantec
General Contractor  Graham Construction and Engineering
Commissioning Agent  CES Group
Photos  Latreille & Delage

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EARTH SCIENCES BUILDING - Vancouver, BC

Penny Martyn [left] from University of British Columbia and Jana Foit [centre] of Perkins+Will Canada accept their Award certificates from Nadine Gudz representing sponsor Interface for the Earth Sciences Building at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

 

JURY COMMENTS
A highly energy-efficient building that is also exemplary in its use of new wood products and technology. The facades are nuanced in their response to solar orientation and views, and the interiors are warm, welcoming  and beautifully lit. The project expresses its intentions very clearly in the arrangement of its program, the transparency of its activities and the high level of refinement in its detailing.

PROJECT CREDITS
Owner/Developer  UBC Properties Trust
Architect  Perkins+Will Canada
Construction Manager  Bird Construction
Landscape Architect  Eckford Tyacke + Associates
Civil Engineer  Core Group Consultants
Electrical Engineer  Acumen Engineering
Mechanical Engineer  Stantec Consulting
Structural Engineer  Equilibrium Consulting Inc.
Photos  Martin Tessler

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GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE WATERFRONT CAMPUS - Toronto, ON

Stuart Elgie [left] of Stantec receives the Award certificate from Brian Hall of sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute [CPCI] for the George Brown College Waterfront Campus in Toronto completed by Stantec Architecture | KPMB Architects in Joint Venture.

 

JURY COMMENTS
This highly accomplished and elegant building is notable for its strong relationship to site, its accessibility to the public and its ‘porous’ program of social space. The space flows freely between outside and inside, then through the building in a consistent and understated way. The high level of environmental performance is also achieved without overt expression of sustainable systems. A rare example of an institutional building that is also welcoming to the public and exciting to explore.

PROJECT CREDITS
Client  George Brown College
Architects  Stantec Architecture and Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects, Architects in Joint Venture
Engineers [structural, mechanical, electrical, civil and sustainability, energy]  Stantec Consulting Inc.
Cost consultant  Hanscomb
Building Code  Leber | Rubes
Landscape  Phillips Farevaag Smallenberg Landscape Architects
Geostructural Engineer  Sherwood Geostructural Engineers
Marine Engineer  SHAL Consulting Engineers
Geotechnical and Environmental Engineer  Trow Associates
Project Manager  Terry Comeau, Nerys Rau
Construction Manager  EllisDon
Photos  Tom Arban Photography and Richard Johnson

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BEECHWOOD DEEP ENERGY RETROFIT - Toronto, ON

Chris Phillips [left] and  Steven Gray of Greening Homes Ltd. receive their Award certificate for the wining residential project, the Beechwood Deep Energy Retrofit in Toronto, from Nadine Gudz representing sponsor Interface.

 

JURY COMMENTS
A highly transferable example of how to intensify existing communities, adding to their capacity and improving their energy performance. The ambition to take this rather unremarkable existing house to an exceptionally high level of energy performance  is to be applauded, as is the suite of innovative but highly transferable strategies that were used. It is also noteworthy that the project team decided to build upward rather than outward, and to restore previously paved areas of the site to natural landscape.

PROJECT CREDITS
General Contractor  Greening Homes Ltd.
Architect  Open Architects
Mechanical Engineer  Sustainable EDGE

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