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ALBERTA Canada Green Building Council


ISSUE 6, SPRING 2015, Alberta Chapter - CaGBC Regional Publication /


Building One Alberta greenhouse: first LEED Gold greenhouse in Canada! Mosaic Centre: taking stock of the construction process Calgary Zoo: Penguin Plunge Complex + Local Workshops + Events SPRING 2015 | Alberta FOCUS


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Message from the Alberta Chapter of the CaGBC Expanding the boundaries . . . of green building in Alberta Again in 2014, the green building movement enjoyed another big year in Alberta, Canada and across the globe. For the Alberta Chapter, 2014 set new milestones: • 83 LEED projects were certified — a 6.5% increase over 2013. • For the first time ever, Alberta certified more than 1 million square metres in a calendar year [1,216,909 m2 to be exact]. • 85 new projects — nearly 1.4 million m2 — were registered with LEED. • Alberta now claims 281 certified projects, approximately 5.2 million m2 or 18% of the total certified projects in Canada.

These statistics show the Alberta Chapter’s commitment to a transformed built environment, and we achieve our goals through education, outreach and advocacy. Education is crucial to our success. Our 2014 highlights include: • offering more than 27 education programs with over 3,000 hours of training, • training over 618 professionals and students, • attracting more than 200 attendees to the 17th annual ASBS, and • reaching 156 full-time students with over 5,600 hours of green building education.

Outreach and advocacy are also crucial to achieving our goals. By working with organizations, industry partners, policy makers and post-secondary institutions, we continue to advocate for resilience in our built form so all Albertans can enjoy the benefits of green buildings.

Sincerely, Tanya Doran Executive Director Alberta Chapter - CaGBC



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In this Issue SPRING 2015


Professional Development & Events


Heating the core [of our communities]


Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium


PCL Building One: celebrating PCL culture and creativity


Alberta greenhouse: fifirst rst LEED Gold greenhouse in Canada!


Mosaic Centre: taking stock of the construction process



Alberta FOCUS is printed on Rolland Environ100 Satin, a 100% post-consumer

Brookfi eld Place Brookfield Calgary Atlantic Avenue Art Block


SAIT works with industry on door framing prototype


Creating a space employees can grow into – PCL Building 1


Calgary Zoo Penguin Plunge Complex


Edmonton’s energy transition journey


Shared value, shared vision – Mosaic Centre

Environmental 12savings for this issue: 45,044 L water trees

fi ber that is certifi ed FSC and EcoLogo. It is fiber certified processed chlorine-free, FSC-recycled and is manufactured using biogas energy.


A joint publishing project of the Alberta Chapter - CaGBC and SABMag. Address all inquiries to Don Griffith: Griffith: Published by Janam Publications Inc. | |

682 kg waste

1,774 kg CO2

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Upcoming Professional Development

Events DATE



May 4

Green Connections - a speed networking event

The Alberta Chapter - CaGBC Emerging Green Builders invite you to the kick-off Edmonton evening of the 18th annual ASBS! Meet other professionals in a structured speed networking-style event.

May 5

Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium

The ASBS — Alberta’s premier green building event — promises updates on trends, techniques, efficiencies and evaluations. Join your fellow architects, engineers, builders, building owners and operators, suppliers and policy makers at the May 5 event.


May 12

ALBERTA BUNDLE Edmonton Session LEED V4 Green Associate

The bundle includes two in-class sessions and four webinars to give you all the materials you need to pass the LEED Green Associate exam.


May 12 & 13

LEED v4 Green Associate Study Course

This course provides opportunities to gain and test new knowledge through lecture, group activities and practice test questions.


May 14

Understanding the LEED V4 BD+C Rating Systems

NEW! This workshop introduces the intent, key elements, main requirements and unique aspects of the Green Building Design and Construction [BD+C] LEED rating systems. Participants will gain an understanding of the core concepts and strategies behind a successful green construction project.


May 20

Understanding the LEED V4 BD+C Rating Systems

As above.


May 27

Green Building Superhero* - Homebuilding

Mentor: Ryan Scott, Avalon Master Builder with a passion to build all Avalon homes as Net Zero. He has presented on green building to audiences including CMHC, various home builders’ associations, community groups and the Net Zero Coalition.



* The Superhero mentorship series allows students and young professionals to engage with seasoned professionals.


June 2, 9 & 10

CAN-QUEST Energy Modelling Training

This three-day program offers an overview of CAN-QUEST, a Canadian adaptation of eQUEST, the popular U.S. building energy simulation software. CAN-QUEST can be used to demonstrate performance path compliance with the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings 2011.

June 24

Green Building Superhero Performance Engineering & Commissioning

Mentor: James Goodall, Principal of Integral Group’s Performance Engineering Calgary division, is a power and process engineer, commissioning and validation specialist and design and maintenance millwright with 30 years of global experience in his profession.


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PCL Building One: celebrating PCL culture and creativity

When global construction company PCL asked for new North American headquarters to house its executive staff, the Manasc Isaac design team


knew that the project would be an exciting one! Located along an industrial arterial road in South Edmonton, the PCL campus consists of a group of existing buildings from various time periods. Building One is the crown jewel of the campus, showcasing the best work PCL can do and celebrating the culture of the organization, which is rooted in excellence and humility.

1 - The building exterior is wrapped in a unitized curtainwall system. 2 - Building materials were chosen for their sustainable and aesthetic qualities. 3 - The projected annual energy consumption is 58% less than the r eference standard [MNECB 1997]. 4 - The building helps to enclose the courtyard, creating an oasis from the busy adjacent street. 5 - A key goal for the project was to maximize access to natural light and fresh air for occupants. Editor’s note: Check out the PCL profile on Page 24 for another perspective on PCL Building One.



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4 5 The 6,400-square-metre building features notable architectural details, each celebrating the skills and workmanship of the organization. The showpiece of the structure is a prominent exposed concrete wall that curves throughout the building, providing visual interest and also speaking to PCL’s extensive concrete abilities. Anchored into this striking wall is an innovative staircase featuring custom brackets that hold glass treads: a simple but elegant gesture. Natural light pours into the building through a generous oculus and clerestory, while a striking rooftop patio takes in the view of the campus, taking special advantage of the facility’s well-loved and lush courtyard. PCL Building One also serves as a model for future projects as a paper-reduced construction project. Using Building Information Modeling [BIM] technologies let the design and construction team to create the project through paper-reduced delivery. The building itself, too, is a sustainable success, designed to LEED Gold standards and taking special consideration of water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials and resources and indoor environmental quality. Ultimately, PCL Building One heralds in modernity and offers an opportunity to redefine an otherwise industrial area. Potential business partners and executive staff alike can’t help but marvel at the technical prowess that the design eloquently expresses.

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And that’s a [green] wrap! 1

Alberta greenhouse receives first LEED Gold certification in Canada! Project Credits The Greenhouse Research and Production Complex, located in Brooks, Alberta, has become the first greenhouse in Canada to earn LEED certification, achieving LEED Gold. Boasting over 5,500 square metres of space, this greenhouse research facility plays a pivotal role in the development of new greenhouse technologies and production methods. The facility also boasts advanced capabilities in areas such as greenhouse lighting, aeroponics, integrated pest management [IPM], energy conservation and climate controls. Construction of the complex was completed in July 2010 at a total cost of $17 million. The greenhouse replaces the existing 40-year-old facility while meeting future needs.


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Owner Alberta Infrastructure Client Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development Architect Stantec Architecture Greenhouse Consultant GHE Greenhouse Engineering General Contractor Chandos Construction Ltd. Mechanical SNC-LavaLin Wiebe Forest Electrical Stebnicki & Partners Structural Stantec Consulting Ltd. Civil Stantec Consulting Ltd. Sustainability Stantec Consulting Ltd.

2 The greenhouse was built to achieve LEED certification, which is a reflection of government’s commitment and adoption of policies and programs to advance sustainable building practices. The state-of-the-art facility incorporates sustainable design and technology that can be used to set new standards for the industry and provide innovative ideas that can be adapted and used in commercial settings. Key innovative features include: ¢ Greenhouse irrigation: The greenhouse is designed to capture, collect and rescue rain water (not an industry standard) for irrigation purposes. This will reduce the use of city water by 50%. ¢ Energy efficiency: Innovative technology was included in the project design to reduce energy consumption. This includes occupancy sensors, ventilation heat recovery, high efficiency boilers, double-skinned greenhouse envelope and day lighting controls. ¢ Green power: 100% of the power used in the greenhouse comes from green sources. ¢ Research: To optimize plant growth potential, a specialized computer control system has been installed that can monitor and adjust factors such as light levels, temperature and relative humidity. LEED is a voluntary points-based environmental rating system. Points are awarded based on six categories: site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, material use, indoor environmental quality and design innovation. Using recycled materials, installing energy-efficient systems, using local products or building in an area where there are public transportation options can all contribute to a building’s LEED rating. In 2006, the Government of Alberta committed that all new


government buildings were to achieve a minimum LEED


achieved LEED certification; 30 were certified in 2014.

Silver score. Currently 83 provincially funded buildings have

Since the inception of the LEED certification program, the Alberta government has achieved certification for:

• 4 Certified buildings,

• 46 Silver buildings,

• 31 Gold buildings, and

• 2 Platinum buildings.

1 - Red Hat Co-op tomato trial 2 - Aerial view of the complex showing, from left to right, the research greenhouses, header house and production greenhouses 3 - Aero-pomato plants 4 - Greenhouse control systems

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Submitted by CHANDOS


Mosaic Centre: taking stock of the construction process On February 26th, in the Mosaic Centre lunch room, we gathered our team of

• Although we involved many of our partners earlier than

consultants, trade partners, workers and owners to discuss our thoughts on

usual, we still heard that some of our team, like the

the project. We started construction on the 30,000-square-foot office build-

person advising on geothermal or the person helping

ing in south Edmonton a year ago, using Integrated Project Delivery [IPD] and

with the energy model, could have been involved earlier

Lean Construction principles — all while targeting net-zero energy use, LEED

and longer.

Platinum and Living Building Petal Challenge.

• We lost our focus on Lean construction at the end of the

Since we implemented the spirit of lean and continuous improvement on the

project when everyone got really busy.

job site, it wouldn’t have been right if we didn’t circle around at the end and

What we did well

figure out what we need to do better and what we did well.

• Pull planning worked well. Getting to input on a schedule

What we can do better

instead of being told when and where to show up was

• The project was really time consuming. We need to find a way to streamline the process while still maintaining the necessary level of involvement. • We could have waited a few more weeks to start construction and get a few more details hammered out. It’s the old ‘go slow to go fast’ thought process.


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great for our trade partners. • People really enjoyed truly understanding the owner’s vision for the project. • Planning days in the Big Room, contractors and designers together, was really successful.


PROJECT CREDITS Owners Christy Benoit and Dennis Cuku Architect Manasc Isaac Mechanical Clark Engineering Electrical Manasc Isaac Consulting Structural Fast + Epp Civil DGE Solar Great Canadian Solar Sustainable Consultant EcoAmmo Sustainable Consulting Landscape PICEA Energy Modeling Revolve Engineering Geothermal Consulting Revolve Engineering Commissioning Integrated Designs Mechanical Trade Partner Priority Mechanical Electrical Trade Partner River City Electric Glazing Trade Partner Ferguson Roofing Trade Partner Standard Roofing Envelope Trade Partner Metalacon Structural Trade Partner Western Archrib Drywall Trade Partner Baytek Structural Steel Trade Partner Collins Steel General Contractor Chandos Construction


1 - David Trubridge light fixtures decorate the atrium in front of top-floor meeting rooms. 2 - Finished building in March 2015. 3 - Overlooking the atrium and green wall as staff and guests prepare for the arrival of Mayor Don Iveson. 4 - The custom-design desks are height adjustable and on wheels, allowing staff to rearrange project team configurations in less than 10 minutes. Editor’s note: Check out the DIRTT profile on Page 30 for another perspective on the Mosaic Centre.

• The workers loved having a relationship with the architect. Never before have they actually had conversations with the person who created the vision.


• Many of the field staff enjoyed coming to work every day. • This is the least adversarial project most of the team has ever worked on. • There was a high level of respect for the building while it was under construction, which translated to limited damage to finishes at the end. • We finished ahead of schedule and under budget! Clearly, we all have some work to do to refine the IPD and Lean processes on our next projects. However, it is also clear that if we keep improving on these processes, this high level of collaboration, communication and enjoyment could and should be the future of construction.

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The Mosaic Centre Living Building Challenge & LEED Facilitators EcoAmmo collaborates with clients on innovative projects, using lean methodologies to continuously improve green building processes. Our goal is to reduce costs and demonstrate a practical business case for any project to build green.

Buildings That Live. Rooftop Rainwater Cisterns Green Roof System Reduces storm water run-off and urban heat-island effect. Cools and improves surrounding air quality. Increases lifespan of roof. Provides thermal conservation & offers excellent habitat for pollinators.

Reservoir for circulating recaptured rainwater. Irrigates surrounding green roof system. Can reduce (and sometimes eliminate) HVAC cooling costs radiantly.

Photovoltaic Solar Panels PV solar works symbiotically with living wall & green roof systems. PV Solar cells work 30% more efficiently when kept cool by plants, reducing the building’s carbon footprint.

Living Facades



These trellis systems provide excellent protection for building cladding systems, thermal conservation & acoustic buffering. Climbing plants allow for large coverage inexpensively.

Part of the Mosaic Family of Companies

Supplemental information on our

partner suppliers in this issue of Alberta FOCUS

Water Management: Permeable Pavement Permeable pavements allow the movement of stormwater through the surface. In addition to reducing runoff, this effectively filters pollutants from the water table.

Water Management: Rainwater Harvesting

PCL BUILDING ONE ´TWA Panels - supplied active chilled beams, induction units coupled to linear vane diffusers, and perimeter radiant heating panels in a seamless blend with the architecture, and energy savings beyond what would have been achieved with other technologies. ´Sloan - low-flow fixtures helped to conserve water use. Greenhouse Research and Production Complex ´Baillargeon - interior doors use recylced and FSC-sourced fibre. MOSAIC CENTRE ´EcoAmmo - consultant in sustainable building practices.

Captured rainwater can irrigate landscapes, cool the building and provide an optional grey water source for flushing toilets etc.

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Architek’s living wall systems cost less, use less water, and require far less maintenance. They provide beauty to the building’s exterior or interior and can utilize recaptured rainwater.

Architek Sustainable Building Products provides solutions that breathe life and sustainability into the modern structures we live and work in. Providing products, resources & expertise to architects, contractors and landscape designers, it’s never been easier being green.

Engineered Solutions For Living Buildings


Living Walls


Submitted by ENMAX

Heating the core [of our communities] In recent years, Alberta municipalities have explored ways to address property development, redevelopment, and issues concerning utility servicing and long-term energy management. To name two, The City of Calgary and The City of Edmonton have drafted numerous policies and strategies. The City of Calgary has historically supported sustainable development and frequently engages with stakeholders across a wide spectrum of the community. This includes those involved with the Calgary Climate Change Action Plan Target 50, Imagine Calgary, The Municipal Development Plan and the Sustainable Building policy. City administration and Council produced both a strategic plan and a bylaw supporting the direction recommended by citizens. High-density residential developments close to transit routes and innovative suburban projects such as the West Campus Development Trust at the University of Calgary and the Belvedere Area Structure Plan on Calgary’s eastern edge are key contributors to this plan.

The Downtown District Energy Centre will heat nearly 10 million square feet of space for decades to come.

Today’s ideas are tomorrow’s efficiencies

Bringing it closer to home

So where does ENMAX fit in? The Downtown District Energy

Constructing community-sized versions of the DDEC is just one way ENMAX is

Centre (DDEC) will heat nearly 10 million square feet of com-

supporting the sustainable growth of Calgary.

mercial and residential space for decades to come. Developing community energy systems for smaller thermal heating projects outside downtown benefits building owners, occupants and the environment. District energy provides an energyefficient, reliable and simplified source of space heating as well

“The economic benefit of engineering buildings with a community energy system at their core could be the new standard,” says Pat Bohan, Director ENMAX District Energy. “Property developers will see significant benefits over a project’s lifespan, and the sustainability of our community is even greater.”

as the domestic water needs for showers, pools, recreational

ENMAX is also leading the way in solar power for residential and commercial

facilities or commercial kitchens.

applications as well combined heat and power systems. These systems help

For developers, district energy eliminates the need for on-site boilers, freeing up premium space while reducing operational

customers generate their own electricity on site, reducing the amount of energy they consume from the grid.

cost associated with traditional boilers and redundant hard-

As with all its enhanced energy services, ENMAX strives to offer responsible

ware. The environmentally responsible heat generation from a

technology solutions with attractive financial structures. Increasingly, it’s how

centralized thermal heating plant is another major advantage.

ENMAX helps connect customers with energy. “As one of Alberta’s largest utilities, it’s important to be forward thinking in terms of energy options while being environmental stewards,” says Bohan. “It’s this forward thinking that has positioned us as a leader within the industry.”

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Speakers & Program Continuing Education Credits GBCI – Approved Course with credentialing maintenance hours. The average participant will earn 8 hours. AAA — Qualifies for AAA structured learning hours in the topic area of Energy and the Environment [self-reported]. The average participant will earn 7-8 hours. Other professional organizations The Symposium also may be eligible for credits from selfreporting organizations including the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta [APEGA], the Association of Science and Engineering


Technology Professionals of Alberta [ASET] and the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors [CIQS]. Green Building Innovation Showcase

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Take advantage of the Green Building Innovation Showcase to check out the latest products and services that support the sustainable building industry. The Symposium will feature up to 15 easy-to-access displays, available throughout the day and during the evening reception.

The delegate list includes a great range of architects, engineers, builders, building owners and operators, suppliers, municipal planners and building policy makers. Register now — and join these industry leaders. Don’t delay! After Wednesday, April 15, registration fee for the Symposium is $665 + GST.

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presenters offer wealth of expertise

[1] LEEDing YEG core development Cameron Haldane, Commercial Construction Manager, Qualico

[2] LEED Gold on a budget through IPD Vivian Manasc, Principal Architect; Rita Melo, Project Manager; Mike Turner, Partner, all with Manasc Isaac

[3] Leadership in transparency: one manufacturer’s journey Andrée Iffrig, Leader, Sustainability Team, and Katelyn Adley, Environment and Business Intern, both with DIRTT Environmental Solutions

[4] LEED CI v4 - A case

study Ben Campbell, Project Associate - Green Planning & Design, and Melanie Ross, Green Building Planning & Design Consultant, both with WSP Halsall

[5] Designing greener airports James Furlong, Sustainability Consultant, Practice Lead & Principal, and Julien Poirier, Sustainability Specialist, both with Stantec

[6] Ventilation & energy efficiency in multi-unit residential

[11] Cogeneration — a cuttingedge tool for Alberta

buildings Steve Kemp, Vice-President, Sustainability, and Christianne Aussant, Manager, Sustainability, both with MMM Group

Dan Cloutier, President, Power Ecosystems Inc.

[7] Why green? An owner’s perspective Andrew McAllan, Senior Vice-President & Managing Director, Real Estate Management, Oxford Properties Group, and Dennis Cuku, President, Mosaic Family of Companies

[8 Applied research for green building industry: A technical case study


Dean Jones, Principal Investigator of Architectural Ecology on GBT, SAIT Polytechnic, and Mike Worthington, President & CEO, Worthington Construction

[9] Alternative energy options for Alberta buildings John Rilett, Director of Distributed Generation, ENMAX

[10] Inspiring best-practice libraries Darryl Condon, Managing Principal, and Mona Lemoine, Research + Innovation Director, both with HCMA Architecture + Design


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[12] Sustainability advances in Fort McKay Klaas Rodenburg, Quality Advisor, Mammoet

[13] Designing better schools Kyna Low, Mechanical Engineer, and Mohamed Al-Masri, Simulation Specialist, both with Stantec

[14] The bold new face of Edmonton’s Valley Zoo Stephen Boyd, Principal, and John Lyons, National Director of Sustainability, both with DIALOG

[15] Blatchford: going green in central Edmonton Anjali Varghese, Senior Land Development Engineer, City of Edmonton

[16] Sustainability on Canadian campuses Dean Turgeon, President and Founder, and Ali Syed, Principal Energy Engineer, both with 3D Energy

Registration & Breakfast - Ballroom

7:30 - 8:30am 8:30 - 8:45am

Welcome ceremonies - Ballroom

8:45 - 9:45am

Keynote: The builder’s role in achieving sustainable success

9:45 - 10:05am


- Michael Deane, LEED Fellow & Chief Sustainability Officer, Turner Construction Company

Meeting Room 107/107A

10:05am - 10:55am

[1] LEEDing YEG core

Meeting Room 108/108A

[2] LEED Gold on a IPD [PCL

budget through


— Qualico

Building One case


— Manasc Isaac

11:00 - 11:50am

[4] LEED CI v4 A case study — WSP Halsall

11:55 - 12:40pm 12:40 - 1:40pm 1:50 - 2:20pm

2:25 - 2:55pm

— Stantec

manufacturer’s journey — DIRTT Environmental Solutions

[6] Ventilation & energy efficiency in MURBs — MMM Group

[7] Panel: Why green? An owner’s perspective.

[8] Applied research for

[9] Alternative

[10] Inspiring best-

the green building industry

energy options for

practice libraries

— SAIT & Worthington Construction

Alberta buildings — ENMAX

— HCMA Architecture + Design

[11] Cogeneration: a cutting-edge tool

[12] Sustainability Fort McKay — Mammoet

[13] Designing

advances in

better schools

— Stantec


2:55 - 3:15pm

3:50 - 4:45pm


[3] Leadership in transparency: one


— Power EcoSystems

3:15 - 3:45pm

[5] Designing greener

Meeting Room 109/109A

[14] The bold new face of Edmonton’s Valley Zoo — DIALOG

[15] Blatchford: going green in central Edmonton — City of Edmonton

[16] Sustainability on Canadian campuses — 3D Energy

Driving success in green real estate — David Pogue, Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, CBRE

4:45 - 4:50pm 4:55 - 6:00pm

MC closing


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Submitted by DIALOG

Brookfield Place


Design concept The building, designed in collaboration by FKA Architecture and DIALOG, will have subtle sophistication, featuring rounded and tapered corners, softening its commanding presence. An unprecedented entity, the towers and connection to the public realm will encourage leadership and connectivity within the business community.

Located in the heart of downtown Calgary, Brookfield Place [Phase

Integration of sustainable design

One] will be the tallest building in Western Canada, destined to grace

Brookfield Place is designed to achieve LEED Gold Core and Shell.

the skyline in 2017. Completion of the signature architecture will reach an

The building will be wrapped in a high-performance double-glazed

impressive 56 storeys. At street level, a south-facing urban plaza offers

curtain wall, providing tenants with access to ample natural light

over half an acre of sunlit space, complementing the 4,645 square metres

and views. To further maximize energy savings, the building will use

of glazed pavilion designed to embrace the plaza and enclose the civic

high-efficiency chillers and condensing boilers and reflective roof

square, programmed year round and connected to the Plus15 Skywalk.

paving materials to help reduce heat island effect.


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In order to reduce water use, the building will feature high-efficiency toilets and

• Green housekeeping and exterior maintenance programs

low-flow washroom fixtures. The tower will also have a cistern to assist in storm-

• High–efficiency chillers and condensing boilers

water management [control the flow of storm water back into the City storm

• Durable building finishes throughout

system] and to remove any suspended solids from the runoff.

• Construction waste to be recycled and diverted from landfill

Durable materials will be chosen as finishes for the project to increase the life of the building and a green housekeeping program will be used for ongoing maintenance of the building. Low-emitting materials and materials with high recycled content have been specified, further increasing the comfort of occupants and reducing the environmental footprint of the building.

• Recycled content used in the new construction • Use of regional materials • Energy Star roofing • Occupancy sensors on office floors • Use of low VOC materials/improved indoor air quality • Cistern for stormwater management and removal

• LEED Gold Core and Shell Certification anticipated

of suspended solids

• High-performance glazing and building envelope

• Bicycle parking and shower/change room facility

• Abundant natural light and views

• High-efficiency base building systems

• High-efficiency toilets and low-flow fixtures

• Access to extensive public transportation network

• Low-emitting materials

• Dedicated carpool parking • Electric vehicle charging stations

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Atlantic Avenue Art Block Supporting Calgary’s art community and suited to the locale, this four-storey brick building features a metal panel and glass exterior façade supported by a concrete and structural steel building with a curved metal panel clad roofline. The main floor of the building consists of retail space, with the second and third floors housing commercial office space. The fourth floor houses an upscale gallery intended for the benefit of the community. A key design component is a custom, contemporary free-form stainless steel sculpture in the four-and-a-half-storey-high atrium. The sculpture stands over 50 feet and had to be installed before constructing the atrium roof. Clark Builder’s challenge as construction manager was to devise a plan to deliver, rig, hoist and install the sculpture, valued at close to $1 million. Clark Builders’ equipment, management and field staff were an integral part of the solution to bring the “pick-up sticks” sculpture to reality. The entire process was executed flawlessly over several days. The Art Block is located in Calgary’s Inglewood district, near the city’s two main rivers, the Bow and the Elbow. Once the secant wall piling system was complete, a major dewatering system was set up on site to remove the water for construction of two levels of underground parkade. 1 - The staircase offers a stunning visual throughout the building. 2 - The curved roofline adds grace and appeal to the building. 3 - The gallery offers a splendid space for showcasing the work of local artists. 4 - The free-form steel sculpture captures the eye — and the essence of the Art Block.



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The curved roof was created using rolled structural steel. The distinctive curve is accentuated with prefinished metal panels and corrugated metal siding as the exterior façade was carefully coordinated. Owner Jim Hill’s vision for the 12,000-square-foot gallery was to provide a means to seamlessly blend Inglewood’s history with Calgary’s ever-expanding art culture, and to support local artists by providing a world-class stage on which to showcase their work. The art gallery also features a raised mezzanine and a floating ‘birds nest’ conference room. The new facility boasts a sleek, modern design with hints of inspiration from the community’s historical setting. The building also incorporates many LEED design components and has achieved LEED Silver Core &


Shell USGBC certification.

Highlight sustainable features include:


> remediation of a brownfield site, > use of regionally available and recycled construction materials, > energy and water conserving systems and features, and a stormwater collection system, and > no use of CFC-based and HCFC-based refrigerants.

GENERAL CONTRACTOR Clark Builders ARCHITECT Abugov Kaspar STRUCTURAL Williams Engineering MECHANICAL TWP Consulting ELECTRICAL Robertson & Associates OWNER J.D. Hill Investments AREA 187,654 square feet

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Submitted by SAIT Polytechnic

Improving the construction process, one door at a time SAIT works with industry on door framing prototype 1 22

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The framing of a door is an intricate job in the home-building process

Watson says the product addresses needs in the construction

with an extremely small margin for error.

industry for products that can streamline processes, increase quality and reduce construction material waste.

Patrick Watson of Lakefront Finishing Inc. developed a solution to this problem with the P.R.O. [precision-manufactured rough opening]

GBT researcher and a graduate from SAIT’s Architectural

FRAME. A pre-fabricated rough opening for interior doors, the pre-

Technologies program Joshua Brouwers coordinated a business

sized P.R.O. FRAME replaces traditionally framed rough openings in

plan for the P.R.O. FRAME product with Business Administration

non-structural walls.

students. The team also got feedback on the product from local builders in the Calgary area.

The prototype in place, the challenge shifted to establishing it as an accurate and consistent framing product.

“We surveyed the framers, drywallers, finish carpenters, site superintendents and project managers,” Brouwers told Alumni

SAIT Polytechnic’s Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS)

LINK. “The feedback has been very positive.”

department is designed to do just that. Industry partners work closely with researchers and students to make their ideas reality. The Green Building Technologies [GBT] area within ARIS focuses on environmentally friendly technologies, which made it a perfect fit for Watson and the P.R.O. FRAME. In speaking with SAIT’s Alumni LINK magazine, Watson says the idea came about through his work as a journeyman carpenter in Calgary where he was constantly fixing framing to install doors. “It’s a combination of inefficient workmanship and imperfect building materials,” says Watson. “A door frame takes on the shape of the lumber it’s made from, and two-by-fours can be twisted, bowed or crowned. That’s not good when you need your edges straight and your corners square.” The P.R.O. FRAME is manufactured using a plywood box frame that comes in a knockdown form which is assembled quickly and easily onsite in two minutes, shaving a significant amount of time off traditional door framing. Consistent from opening to opening and house to house, the pre-sized product eliminates the need for measuring and cutting. 1 - Patrick Watson [Lakefront Finishing Inc.] and Josh Brouwers [SAIT Polytechnic] stand with the finished PRO FRAME product. 2 - PRO FRAME quick connect mortise and tenon joint. 3 - Multi-family residential PRO FRAME product installation. 4 - Framer quickly and efficiently assembles the PRO FRAME.

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Creating a space employees can grow into PCL Building 1


PCL Building 1 is the latest addition to PCL’s North American headquarters in

“This new building presented an opportunity to demonstrate

Edmonton. Built to accommodate a growing workforce, it replaces a 50-year-

who we are and how we’ve grown as a company, as well as

old structure that had reached the end of its lifespan. The new building features

to highlight some of the innovative construction techniques

approximately 65,400 square feet of office space, workstations and meeting

that PCL can bring to our clients,” says Rob Holmberg, Chief

rooms that provide employees with a stimulating and varied work environment.

Operating Officer Buildings.


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During construction, employees on the PCL campus were able to view

deliver is not only a first-class building meeting LEED Gold clas-

the innovative and environmentally conscious building techniques that

sification that represents us as one of North America’s largest

are routinely applied to clients’ projects elsewhere to ensure their suc-

construction companies, but also a structure conducive to proud,

cess. PCL staff experienced a project built on a “model project” theme

productive and engaged employees.”

that implemented advances such as electronic plan tables (resulting in an environmentally friendly, virtually paperless process) and an integrated design that consultants, the project team and key subcontractors developed by working together.

Throughout the building are framed photographs taken by Ernest Poole in the 1930s, which capture the landscape and projects at the time of PCL’s move to Alberta. These images recall our shared history as an organization and serve as a constant reminder to

The outcome is a building that achieves sustainability goals at the same

employees of the need for the built environment to coexist har-

time that it furthers employee satisfaction. Ergonomically optimal indi-

moniously with the natural environment.

vidual and collaborative work spaces flooded with natural light offer occupants of this three-storey structure a level of comfort unmatched by another on the PCL Edmonton campus. “We feel that having great facilities and work environments complements the respect we have for our employees who give their personal best on a daily basis,” says Mike Olsson, Vice President of Human Resources and Professional Development. “What PCL has been able to


1 - Main reception area 2 - Wood accents and historical framed photographs 3 - Second floor view of the main lobby 4 - Custom art piece created by Peter Von Tiesenhausen 5 - Main lobby from under the cantilevered floating glass staircase Editor’s note: Check out the Manasc Isaac profile on Page 8 for another perspective on PCL Building 1.


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Calgary Zoo

Penguin Plunge Complex

In February 2012, the Calgary Zoo opened its new Penguin Plunge Complex. The 2,135-square-metre building includes an indoor exhibit with a 122,000-litre pool, back of house zoo keeper area, water filtration room, mechanical room, gift shop/concession area and public washrooms. The outdoor areas include an outdoor exhibit with a 35,000-litre pool, plaza and open green space. The City of Calgary contributed $14.46 million toward the $24.5 million facility. As a result, the project followed The City’s Sustainable Building Policy requiring LEED Gold certification. The project was officially certified LEED Gold on February 19, 2015 with 41 points under the LEED Canada NC 1.0 rating system. The exhibit space makes this building unique as the five different penguin species occupying the facility have very different thermal comfort requirements compared to humans. Depending on the season, interior air and penguin pool temperatures in the exhibit space are maintained between 1°C and 12°C. This presented many opportunities to capitalize on energy conservation.


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Key energy conservation measures:

Other key sustainable features:

* Reversible heat pumps that remove heat from the pool and use it

* Landfill gas management system [project located within

to heat other areas of the building requiring heat or provide

300 metres of an inactive landfill]

cooling to various areas of the building requiring cooling


Large revolving entrance and exit doors that reduce air infiltration

* Durable building envelope materials designed to last a minimum of 50 years

* White reflective roof to limit heat gain * Optimized building mass that locates the exhibit space in the interior

* Proximity to public transit * Light pollution reduction to minimize wildlife disturbance * High ventilation rate with 100% fresh air for improved

of the building, making it easier to regulate habitat temperatures

indoor air quality

* High performance insulation including insulation between exhibit

* Low-emitting materials used * Low flow and flush washroom fixtures * Permanent temperature and humidity monitoring system * Low mercury content lighting

into the exhibit space

space and other interior areas

* High efficiency condensing boilers * In-slab radiant heating and cooling * Heat recovery using heat wheel on air handling units * Variable frequency drives on pumps * Solar shading for outdoor pool area and building glazing * Light tubes in zoo keeper and gift shop areas * LED lighting used in penguin habitat areas * Measurement and verification system to monitor energy performance

Project stats

* 39% energy cost savings over ASHRAE 90.1-1999 baseline building

* 44% water savings over baseline building * 80% of construction waste diverted from landfill * 19% of construction materials contain recycled content * 32% of construction materials are regional * 92% of wood FSC certified

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Edmonton’s energy transition journey

In 2011, Edmonton City Council set aspirational goals for Edmonton

to be a carbon-neutral, energy resilient city. This spring, it will consider a comprehensive strategy for achieving this vision titled Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy.

According to Mayor Don Iveson, “Achieving these goals is vital to our quality of life and our aspiration to be a global city. Their

achievement will help protect us from major climate and energy

risks and position us for exciting opportunities as the world transitions to cleaner energy. We know the global energy system is changing and that Edmonton needs to be prepared for these

changes. At the same time, however, the city understands the need for fossil fuels in the world’s current energy mix.”



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The energy-sustainable Edmonton reflected in the strategy includes: • energy-literate citizens with energy-conserving lifestyles, • world-class energy efficiency in all types of buildings, • world-class energy efficiency in industrial processes, • a strong shift to active and public transportation as preferred modes of travel, • an urban form that is carefully designed to avoid unnecessary energy use and optimize free energy from the sun, • greener electricity for Alberta’s electricity grid and local generating facilities, • a greater portion of electricity produced close to where it is used through district energy systems, combined heat and power systems and renewable and alternative energy technologies, and • increased electrification of Edmonton’s transportation system with passenger vehicles, buses, light trucks and trains powered by clean electricity. In addition to a detailed eight-year action plan, the strategy, proposes general policy directions calling for Edmonton to: accelerate its energy transition efforts; lead by example in City operations; apply a four-stage market transformation approach [including education and outreach, capacity building, incentives and regulations if required]; advocate for province-wide programs and approaches to energy transition; and create a new community


leadership body to oversee Edmonton’s energy transition journey. City staffer Jim Andrais, who helped coordinate the strategy,


notes that energy transition is something that has been happening in our community for years and that we need to look no further than our expanding LRT network, our infill efforts, innovative work that’s happening in Blatchford, downtown and the Quarters, our investment in energy-efficient street lighting and our establishment of a large waste-to-biofuels facility. “This is not day one,” says Andrais. “Rather, it’s the continuation and acceleration of many outstanding efforts, both past and present.”

1 - Artist’s rendering of the Blatchford community, one of the largest sustainable development projects planned in North America. 2 - NAIT solar installation: Solar panels are installed at NAIT as part of a City-funded project. 3 - Century Park: Edmonton’s expanding LRT system is one key to an energy-sustainable city.

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Shared value, shared vision – Mosaic Centre

Prefabricated interior assemblies support lean construction goals. DIRTT’s interior walls eliminated on-site waste and shaved weeks off the buildout. Plug & play power complements the assembly’s adaptability and ensures there will be no waste over a lifetime of use. The Centre’s colourful interior underscores its environmental story of being sustainable, beautiful and affordable. DIRTT’s aesthetics, functionality, sustainable manufacturing and regional production model all factored into its selection as a partner. The net zero Centre is proof we can collectively attain LEED Platinum and the Living Building Challenge with style and flair. Let’s hope the Centre inspires similar buildings in Alberta.

The Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce

Building highlights:

aspired to more than a “useful” space when it constructed its

• 30,000 square feet [2,787 square metres]

new Edmonton building. It wanted a good fit – environmentally

• Targeting LEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge -

and in terms of the underlying values of its building partners.

petal certification

DIRTT was delighted to provide both.

• 100% green power: geothermal and photovoltaic

The Centre pushes the limits of green building in a northern climate by targeting four petals in the Living Building Challenge [site, beauty, energy and health] and LEED Platinum certification. The project is a catalyst for change and an inspiration for future net zero buildings in Alberta. At 30,000 square feet and costing $11.6 million, exceptional teamwork brought the building in five percent under budget and 25% ahead of schedule. Owners Dennis Cuku, Christie Benoit and the Mosaic Family of Companies worked with architects Manasc Isaac to create a community-focused employee workspace that includes offices, a restaurant, childcare facility and wellness studio. Lean construction and Integrated Project Delivery [IPD] are major elements in the building’s success. Lean construction increases productivity by eliminating waste. IPD requires collaboration between all professionals on a project. Both rely

• Control and electrical system used to minimize energy use • High-performance building envelope diminishes energy use • Heavy timber frame • Prefabricated interior wall construction • System efficiency carefully monitored

PROJECT CREDITS Owners Mosaic Family of Companies Architect Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd. General Contractor Chandos Construction Ltd. Sustainability Consultants EcoAmmo Consulting Engineers Structural Fast + Epp Consulting Engineers Mechanical Clark Engineering Inc. Consulting Engineer Electrical Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd. Photo credits Christophe Benard

on values often missing in conventional construction: trust, respect and a willingness to collaborate to achieve a greater goal. All parties were carefully selected for their support of the owners’ vision.

1 - The breakout room for collaboration has proven popular. 2 - Writeable surfaces and embedded technology allow for collaboration to happen anywhere. 3 - DIRTT was easily able to work with the unique architectural details of the base building. Editor’s note: Check out the Chandos profile on Page 12 for another perspective on the Mosaic Centre.



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