Posts Tagged ‘Western Archrib’

Edmonton Zoo Makira Outpost

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Pavilion a first in new sustainable development plan for lemurs

The main approach skirted by the moat. The Valley Zoo Makira Outpost provides indoor and outdoor accommodation for lemurs and visitors, and is the first building to adopt the new sustainable development principles of the zoo’s master plan.

by Troy Smith and Laura Plosz

Lemurs are native to the island of Madagascar, and most remaining species are now listed as endangered or threatened - largely due to habitat loss from deforestation. While conservation of lemurs in Madagascar is a high priority, the country’s poor economic situation and the lemurs’ limited range make protection and preservation an ongoing struggle. (more…)


Winnipeg Humane Society

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Sustainable shelter

considering the need for both human and animal interaction with the building introduced an extra level of design complexity

Design strives for LEED Gold in harsh climate

by Brent Bellamy
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Built to handle more than 10,000 animals annually, this 4,000 sq.m sustainable shelter facility is located on a wooded lot that extends deep into the neighbouring community. The goal was to develop a building form and architectural character that would allow it to sit unobtrusively in its forest setting.
The design challenges were heightened by Winnipeg’s extreme climate, which includes hot summers and the third coldest winters of any major city in the world. (more…)


Killarney Community Pool

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

New facility re-energizes established community

The design provides the lightest possible structural system and optimizes north views of the park and mountains beyond
by Roger Hughes
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Filled with an abundance of natural light, the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation Killarney Community Pool engages the surrounding public spaces, bringing a new intensity to an important civic facility. (more…)


Gulf Islands Operations Centre

Wednesday, January 10th, 2007

Canada’s first LEED Platinum building sets the bar

For ecological footprint

East Elevation: Exterior cladding materials, Galvalume and western red cedar, were chosen for durability and appearance. Site development included removal of contaminated material, protection of the intertidal zone and marine habitat, preservation of the Douglas fir tree by the main entry, design of the storm water outfall, and marine siltation control.
by Ron Kato
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The design and construction of a new Operations Centre for Gulf Islands National Park Reserve in Sidney, BC presented Parks Canada with an opportunity to create a facility with a minimal ecological footprint, fully in keeping with its core values of environmental stewardship. (more…)