May 1, 2007
by Canadian Architect
The Mount Royal Centre for Continuous Learning has achieved LEED Gold certification from the Canada Green Building Council, making it among the most environmentally sustainable buildings in Canada.The Centre is about 57 percent more efficient than a standard building and is only the second building in Calgary to be awarded gold for environmental sustainability.
The two-storey educational facility opened September 2006. Eco-friendly features include: extensive use of recycled and renewable products; abundant natural lighting and an innovative heating/cooling system to reduce energy costs; high-performance insulation and concrete building construction; and solar chimneys.
Stantec Architecture led an integrated team of architects, interior designers and engineersin association with Hotson Bakker Boniface Haden and Cornerstone Architecture and Planning Ltd. to help achieve this significant milestone for Mount Royal.
The Centre for Continuous Learning is a teaching and training facility, including conference services. Capitalizing on wireless technology and video conferencing, the 8,459-square-metre facility has 17 training/conference spaces and a large hall to accommodate 650 people.
A member of the Energy Innovators Initiative, Mount Royal committed at the beginning of the design process to develop a long-term energy management plan to reduce the Colleges overall energy consumption.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system recognizes facilities that meet established criteria for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. Four levels of certification-certified, silver, gold and platinum, are available based on the effectiveness of the sustainable features.