May 3, 2006
by Canadian Architect
The Vancouver Port Authority’s (VPA) office at Canada Place has achieved LEED-CI (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Commercial Interiors) Gold. This prestigious honour is awarded by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to leading-edge buildings that incorporate environmentally sustainable design, construction and operational features to reduce environmental impact. The award marks the Authority’s latest achievement in its pursuit to lead environmental responsibility.
The 55,000-square-foot offices, located at Canada Place, were designed by the leading architectural firm of Bunting Coady Architects in conjunction with interior design firm Group 5. The offices are the largest LEED-CI Gold certified project in Canada and were one of the first pilots for LEED-CI in the world. The winning project coupled innovative sustainable design with a modernist interior to create a healthy, environmentally sound office for Vancouver Port Authority employees. The project team for the construction of the new VPA offices also included the Canadian companies of: Dominion Fairmile Construction, Stantec Consulting Inc., Schenke/Bawol Engineering Ltd., Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd., Enersys Analytics and Western Mechanical Services.
Features that helped the Vancouver Port Authority achieve LEED-CI Gold certification include:
Recycling: 70 percent of construction waste from the project was diverted from landfill sites
Efficiency: energy savings over conventional buildings of 20 percent for lighting and 36 percent for heating, ventilation and air conditioning
Water Efficiency: the VPA project uses 39 percent less fresh water than comparable buildings
Energy: power used in heating, ventilation and air conditioning has been reduced by 36 percent compared to standard building requirements
Sustainability: elimination of fossil fuels for heating
Teresa Coady, founding partner of Bunting Coady Architects, says: “When the VPA approached us to design their new premises, they made it clear that they wanted to show leadership in environmental stewardship. With large spatial volumes and lots of exposed glass, a sustainable design for the interior was a challenge. LEED-CI Gold certification means that the Vancouver Port Authority now has an international caliber showcase facility in a landmark building.”
The $8-million investment in a green office has also earned the Vancouver Port Authority national recognition and has been a key factor in the VPA achieving “Top 100 Employer” status.
A case study of this award-winning project will be posted on the USGBC website and added to the US Department of Energy’s High Performance Buildings Database. The award marks Bunting Coady’s second LEED Gold accreditation this year. In January 2006, another Bunting Coady project, the UBC Life Sciences Centre, achieved LEED Gold certification and became the largest LEED Gold-certified laboratory building in the world.