Prairies Focus Fall 2019

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ANNUAL 2019 ISSUE, Prairies Edition - CaGBC Regional Publication /

River Landing:

A Vibrant, Sustainable Development Leed v4 Is Not That Hard: It Just Requires Coordination and Forethought Rossdale Fire Station 21 re-opened as a Silver LEED CI Certified Building Edmonton Prairie Architects New Office Receives LEED Platinum Certification

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Rendering courtesy of Moriyama & Teshima Architects/Acton Ostry Architects Inc. Associated Architects for The Arbour.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019, 8am-5pm

Carol Phillips, B.E.S., B.Arch. (U of Waterloo), OAA (BCDS), AIBC, NSAA, SCUP, LEED AP, FRAIC, Partner, Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Toronto, ON

• Edmonton: Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 8am-5pm

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Presenting on: The Arbour - The Growth of Tall Wood in Toronto An exciting project that is one of the GCWood competition winners. Carol will explore the architect’s and client’s perspective of being part of an international competition, going through building approval processes and next steps to construction. Carol will be presenting on The Arbour at the Winnipeg and Edmonton Conferences.

Message from the President - CaGBC

Welcome to Sustainable Architecture and Building Magazine’s Prairie Edition, an opportunity to showcase green building achievements in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Following the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) annual Building Lasting Change (BLC) conference this past May, this publication is yet another way we as an industry can connect on our efforts to help Canada build green and meet its 2030 carbon emissions reduction targets. I am impressed with the innovation that has come from the region over the past year. Key industry events such as the Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium and Build Sask Green demonstrate an increased focus on the core themes we explored at Building Lasting Change in Vancouver: the need to reduce emissions from the building sector with enhanced resiliency and improved health and well-being for all. As a national organization, the CaGBC is committed to transforming Canada’s buildings, communities and cities. We push the boundaries on innovation by championing new green building technologies and standards, publishing market research and advocating for the policies needed to accelerate the path to low carbon buildings and large-scale retrofits. Locally, our Chapters in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba are on the ground working alongside our members to achieve our mission. Conversations have been focused on the undeniable value green buildings provide—as investments, in lower energy costs, and as protection against future risks of climate change. To achieve these benefits, innovation in building design, construction, and products must become a state of mind rather than a nice to have.

The Prairies provinces are delivering on that innovative state of mind. For example, Calgary’s Stoney Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Bus Storage and Transit Facility is a LEED v4 project that demonstrates how it is possible to achieve highly efficient performance, even in an industrial setting located in one of Canada’s more varied climates. Projects like Prairie Architects’ platinum LEED-certified office project in downtown Winnipeg illustrate the benefits of innovation in building retrofit. The project received the Tenant Improvement Green Building Excellence award by CaGBC, for demonstrating a creative commitment to sustainability and employees’ healthy lifestyles. This publication will highlight these projects and many others. I hope that as you read this issue, you will come away inspired by our industry’s momentum, growth and impact. This progress will continue, with more innovation through LEED v4.1, the Zero Carbon Building Standard, and the integrated offering of tools and services through GBCI Canada. While CaGBC continues to drive programs of national significance, our valued regional chapters will continue to share their expertise and celebrate regional achievements as we work toward a successful transition toward a greener, lowcarbon future. Thomas Mueller President & CEO Canada Green Building Council

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The 2019 issue Builders – Professional 17 Clark 6 Upcoming Industry Leader Development Events St. Peter’s Church, Petrus Hall LEED v4 is Achievable with 20 Mission Accomplished; 9 Coordination and Forethought Building Faith in Sustainability Before Tesla: The Evolution from the CaGBC Regional 10 71of Years Electric Vehicles 23 Message Leadership Boards Better Teams: Investing in Giant Pandas & the Living Building Corporate Education Becomes a 13 Building 24 Challenge Petal Certification: The Competitive Edge First Living Building to be Certified


Rossdale Fire Station 21 re-opened as a Silver LEED CI Certified Building Edmonton

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River Landing: A Vibrant, Sustainable Development

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College Residence Breaks the Accommodation 28 RedMoldDeerfor Student a Sustainable Office, 30 Designing for Stantec, by Stantec Education at 32 Transforming The Singhmar Centre for Learning – NorQuest College Architects New Office Receives 34 Prairie LEED Platinum Certification the CaGBC’s Emerging 37 Meet Green Professionals Leadership 39 Chapter Awards

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LEED v4 is Achievable with Coordination and Forethought The City of Calgary challenges the industry to apply high performance sustainability strategies to projects, no matter the building type. 3 Point Environmental took up the challenge and succeeded in steering the Stoney Transit Bus Storage and Maintenance Facility to LEED Gold. By Leanne Conrad, 3 Point Environmental

The City of Calgary mandated that its Stoney Transit Bus Storage and Maintenance Facility achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification as a baseline sustainability target. This requirement enabled the new construction project to become the second LEED Building, Design and Construction (BD+C) v4 Gold certified building in Canada. Sustainability consultants 3 Point Environmental worked with Plenary Infrastructure Calgary LP and City representatives to carry out the design and construction of the Stoney Transit Facility. The Plenary Infrastructure Calgary LP team included the Plenary Group, PCL, AECOM, and JCI. As a team, they used an integrated design process to meet the requirements of the LEED prerequisites and selected credits, which resulted in a total of 68 points achieved, well above the Gold certification threshold of 60 points. Working collaboratively, the team targeted credits that required thoughtful design measures such as providing fans and doors to ensure the comfort of each individual occupant in their workspace. Additional measures included providing a feature staircase and exercise room for occupant fitness. These enhancements will also improve working conditions and employee wellbeing.

The Stoney Transit facility features intricately designed green roofs that require no irrigation and include native and adaptive plants to mitigate the heat island effect and provide biodiversity for the local flora and fauna. Stoney Transit is situated on land which contains wetlands and existing natural habitat, both of which were protected and restored during construction, increasing the benefit to nature, and promoting the health of the wetlands and natural habitat including some rare prairie grasses. In terms of building performance, there was an overall energy cost savings of 54.5 per cent when compared to the LEED reference baseline building and NECB 2011, and an indoor potable water usage reduction of 42.4 percent when compared to the LEED reference baseline. Finally, 3 Point Environmental diligently researched and reviewed products and materials to achieve the challenging materials credits in the LEED BD+C v4 rating system, contributing to healthy spaces and responsible resource and product procurement. This project ultimately fulfilled the need of the City of Calgary to provide storage and maintenance space for their transit fleet of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses and has proven that warehouse and storage type facilities can also achieve high performance sustainability goals. Photos: Courtesy of PCL Construction Ltd. FALL 2019 Prairies FOCUS


71 Years Before Tesla: The Evolution of Electric Vehicles Battery-powered cars have come a long way from the first electric carriages. In 1900, electric cars accounted for about one-third of all vehicles on U.S. roads—and then almost disappeared from the landscape as gasoline-engine models took over. Decades later, technological advances and concerns about the environment spurred their gradual revival, which isn’t so gradual anymore. By 2040, more than half of all new cars worldwide will be powered only by batteries, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates. Here’s a look back at the evolution of the once-and-future hot thing. By Marisa Gertz and Melinda Grenier, AES

Electric Transportation: Past, Present, and Future The first electric carriage was developed in the late 19th century. However, with the emergence of gasoline-fueled cars and mass manufacturing of the Ford Model T, electric vehicles all but disappeared. Almost a century later, our world is returning to electric transportation as the future of transit. Local governments in western Canada such as the cities of Calgary and Edmonton have joined this global movement. Recognizing that electric vehicles need charge stations just as gas cars need gas stations, these cities have commissioned a study on electric vehicle charging in homes and workplaces. This study will provide recommendations for ways in which policies and stakeholder groups can encourage EV charging infrastructure development throughout the province. In related projects, AES addressed barriers to EV adoption, such as the availability of charging infrastructure. Royce Bernard, Principal at AES and electrical engineering co-lead throughout the project, comments, “The vast majority of electric vehicle charging occurs at home. Consequently, one of the most important factors influencing EV adoption is ensuring households have access to at-home charging. However, access to residential charging poses a challenge in existing multifamily buildings, as renovating and installing EV charging infrastructure in shared parking areas is particularly challenging.”


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AES collaborated with the City of Richmond in a three-part series to encourage EV adoption. The series was inspired by EV pioneer and visionary Don Chandler, who says, “We need to build for the future, not the past,” and championed by Brendan McEwan for the City of Richmond. With their input and guidance, AES developed an assessment for the City of Richmond for EV charging alternatives and requirements. The assessment included extensive investigation of load management solutions, code issues, regulations, cost estimating, and consultation with stakeholders. Royce states that this project “particularly highlighted, and importantly quantified, the costsaving opportunities and elimination of barriers inherent with installing the required electrical infrastructure during building construction, rather than future retrofitting.”

Another important outcome of the work was the cost savings enabled by emerging load management technologies, now referred to as electric vehicle energy management systems (EVEMS). These systems represent an opportunity to optimize the utilization of electrical infrastructure which intelligently shares electrical wiring, thus reducing capacity requirements for new construction and avoiding the prohibitive costs inherent with capacity upgrades to existing buildings. The work for the City of Richmond included a Local Government Guide and a guide for the Development of Supporting Resources. These guides are intended to assist with the implementation of bylaw requirements and to provide an example for other municipalities to follow suit. The work is now implemented as a City of Richmond zoning bylaw requirement and stipulates that 100 per cent of residential parking stalls in new construction MURBs are to include energized outlets, such that each stall is capable of supporting Level 2 EV charging. Over a dozen other local governments have followed this lead, harmonizing the approach in best practices. Sources: Company information, U.S. Department of Energy, contemporaneous news reports, NASA, Bloomberg NEF.

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Building Better Teams: Investing in Corporate Education Becomes a Competitive Edge

You’ve likely heard it from companies before: “our people are our strength” or “our employees are our most valuable asset.” Is it just talk? According to the Conference Board of Canada’s 2018 Learning and Development Outlook, more companies are making good on it. By CaGBC According to the report, Canadian employers are investing more time and money in their workforce’s training, spending an average of $889 per employee on training in 2016-17, up by $89 from previous years. At the same time, the number of training hours a year increased to 32 hours per employee from 25 hours. As Canada’s building sector moves towards a low-carbon economy, the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) Trading Up study shows there will be a significant skills gap to address. Leading organizations are already mobilizing to help their labour force develop the skills required for designing, constructing, and maintaining low-carbon buildings. Customized Training As part of its core mandate, the CaGBC provides the industry with affordable and reliable training based on its deep expertise in green building. To help the industry meet the challenge that the transition to a low-carbon economy entails, the organization provides flexible education programming.

“We provide quality training in formats that best suit their needs, including in-person, online, or on-demand.” More businesses are asking for custom training packages to ensure they are ready for the shift to low-carbon buildings. “For those leaders who want a more customized learning experience, CaGBC now offers those services,” Giles explained. “Our experts will work with companies to understand their skills gap, and then build an educational program around their needs.” These bespoke programs are especially useful for topics such as the adoption of green building best practices including the Zero Carbon Building Standard, deep green retrofits, and energy benchmarking, according to Giles. Based on the initial skills assessment, CaGBC designs a curriculum that includes industry-leading materials, regional case studies, and access to experienced instructors able to provide an interactive, problem-solving approach to learning. “Our end goal is to make our companies feel supported through the transition to low-carbon buildings,” said Giles. “And that they have the tools and training to continue to innovate and grow, while delivering on the promise of smart, energy-efficient buildings.”

”The industry is trying to shift to low-carbon buildings,” said Carla Giles, vice president of CaGBC’s Regional Operations.

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Rossdale Fire Station 21 re-opened as a LEED CI Silver Certified Building

Located next to the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services Station 21 reopened on April 27, 2019. The building will serve as a dedicated river rescue station and provide fire rescue backup to a downtown core that has seen an increase in calls for service over the past decade. By Kurt Borth, City of Edmonton The station was deactivated in the early 90’s due to city budget constraints and in 2014 city council decided to reactivate it. “Our priority is to keep citizens, property and environment safe,” said Fire Chief Ken Block. “Rossdale Station will ease the pressure on other stations and will enhance our ability to serve and protect the residents of Edmonton.” Rossdale Station, located at 9315 101 Street, was originally constructed in 1949 and operated as a fire station, training academy and fire equipment service centre until the 1990s. “Rossdale Station is an integral part of the city’s network of infrastructure to respond to emergencies,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “Safe communities create better communities and this is an important step in the delivery of public safety to the citizens of Edmonton.” The one-storey, 19,750 sq. ft. facility has been renovated to meet current Edmonton Fire Rescue standards. The four exterior walls are what is left from the original structure. Special attention was given to restore the original brick on the inside walls. Improvements to the interior include new mechanical, electrical, plumbing and heating systems as well as a duty gear room, river rescue gear room and training space.


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The station upgraded additional aspects of the building to target a Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) CI Certification. The station used lowemitting paint, low-emitting building materials, LED lighting, and energy efficient appliances to reduce the building’s overall impact. The building also diverted 76 per cent of the waste from landfill during the majority of the construction of the station and developed Rossdale Linear Park, a new community park adjacent to the station. The $7.5-million dollar project was funded primarily through the Government of Alberta’s Municipal Sustainability Initiative. Renovating the station was roughly half the cost of building a new station. The station’s interior meets the Canada Green Building Council’s LEED certification.

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CLARK BUILDERS – Industry Leaders


In late 2018, Clark Builders became an industry leader when we secured our first LEED Platinum job. Clark Builders has more than 50 LEED-certified projects on our resume which are worth $2 billion CAD. There are nine other projects currently in the design or construction phase, and 11 more where construction is complete, and the building is occupied by the owner, but the project is in the LEED certification review stage.

Clark Builders first integrated LEED into buildings in 1999 to drive the adoption of more sustainable practices and to set a precedent in client-led performance. This attitude helped Clark Builders set our standard as a construction company.

By John Trapp, Clark Builders

We are committed to responsible sourcing of materials as our practice. Our mandate is to avoid the negative impact on people and the planet. If a company truly believes in priorities, people, and the well-being of the environment, then it should not need to be driven solely by a LEED designation. Clark Builders feel this should be part of responsible business models going forward, regardless of whether a client is demanding it or not.

Clark Builders’ Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) projects range from industrial buildings to schools and office towers to recreation centers. They cover Western Canada as far north as Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, south to Medicine Hat, Alberta, east to Regina, Saskatchewan, and west to Grande Prairie, Alberta. 16

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LEED has helped inform the transition for us. We are able to retain sustainability standards regardless of what the client is asking for in terms of the benefits of LEED through the lens of sustainability for people and the environment.

opportunity to interview Richard Branson of the Virgin Group. Branson’s mission is to inspire business owners to use business as a force for good in the world. That discussion was a huge inspiration for me, and moved me to look for a business that was committed to moving these ideas forward. Clark Builders was open to furthering that initiative and already had a culture of putting people first by delivering the best service to their clients and creating a positive environment for their staff.

With this in mind, the company concentrated on becoming client-led and on becoming a leader by incorporating this attitude into our business model. We are participating in the corporate climate leadership program initiative by the City of Edmonton. Its goal is to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25 per cent by the year 2025 and 45 per cent by the year 2035. These are the targets for reduced emissions set by the scientifically-based recommendations of the Paris Accord on man-made GHG contributions to global warming.

Our President, Andrew Ross, maintains his top mandates are building community and to be a good steward for the environment. We are considerate of client’s concerns and take a conscious approach to involve our stakeholders in reducing our impact on the environment.

Prior to working for Clark Builders, I felt I could have only a limited impact in support of the environment. In 2007, as the president of the Entrepreneur’s Organization, I had the

1. Raymond Block Exterior. 2. Raymond Block Suite. 3. Raymond Block Lobby. Photos: Courtesy Clark Builders.



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Radon Exposure Raising awareness of radon exposure in homes and buildings has become crucial to reduce public exposure to this toxic gas. A report by Health Canada (HC) revealed that at least 3,200 Canadians die annually from radon exposure, which is a class A carcinogen, and the leading cause of lung cancerin nonsmokers. By David Innes, Radon Environmental Management Corp. Radon breaks the DNA chains in our lungs, which can cause lung cancer. It has also been linked to stomach, colon, and certain types of blood cancer. The report also showed that 6.9 per cent of Canadian homes have radon levels above the guidelines. In some provinces, 20-25 per cent of homes were above the HC guideline. The resultant Health Canada policy is that all Canadian homes should be tested for radon and mitigated if above the action guideline. All new homes in Alberta built since 2015 are required to have a radon rough-in for a sub slab depressurization system built right into the foundation. In 2019, CTV Edmonton called for a push in radon level testing in Edmonton homes. The hope is for more government rebate programs in Canada to test homes and buildings erected before the 2015 cut off, to create similar tax credits to those already being offered in the United States. The World Health Organization website explains how radon gas enters the home through cracks in the floors, around pipes or cables, small pores in hollowblock walls, sumps or drains. Well water can also be a major contributor to high indoor radon levels. Radon is soluble in water. The gas is released from well water when aerated by faucets, showers, toilets, and dishwashers in the home. In many states in the U.S., homes are protected by government regulations requiring radon testing before a sale is made. Canada needs to ensure the safety of homes and buildings, in like manner, from this deadly radon gas. Radon Environmental Management Corp specializes in preventing radon exposure and develops new technology for detection and mitigation products. Director of Sales David Innes recently returned from the 2019 CARST Conference. This event, held in Saskatoon this year, aims at bringing action as a national initiative, lobbying Government for aid in testing homes, schools and daycares, and to raise awareness of radon across Canada.


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David advises that CARST reached out to Mike Holmes of Holmes on Homes with a request to raise radon awareness among Canadians. Holmes became very interested in the product and agreed to work together as a Holmes-approved supplier, as well as to work it into the television series. Radon Guard is a structural sub slab ventilation and insulation panel which adds an insulation value under the slab and has a 68 per cent void space, allowing efficient airflow to carry radon out from under the slab. The product is CCMC certified to replace the prescriptive gravel in the building code and fits the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) standards, which means a company can get its LEED credits by insulating the entire slab. We are beginning to build awareness. For example, recently in the Okanagan, an area where radon is high, Okanagan College installed Radon Guard, thereby ensuring safety for their students. Radon Environmental is a building and environmental sciences company that consults with builders and construction companies to develop radon plans and supply performance versus prescriptive solutions by building beyond the code. We work with institutions such as Simon Fraser University and Dr. Aaron Goodarzi, leaders in radon research. We also supply the latest in radon detection devices and measurement services, working with homeowners, lung associations, schools, public health regions, and government agencies to supply their radon testing needs for indoor air and well water. Radon Environmental has partnered with the Mike Holmes Group to increase public awareness of radon and encourage testing and mitigation where necessary through the Holmes Group’s social and mainstream media network. The company’s products are Holmes Approved to “Make it Right.” Everyone can raise awareness of radon gas by having their home tested, discussing the results with friends, and lobbying the government to offer homeowners incentives to initiate radon testing. Radon-induced lung cancer is preventable. Together, we can ensure the future for our children by making our homes, schools, and workplaces safe from this deadly gas.

The winners of the 2019 Canadian Green Building Awards


The Awards presentation of the 2019 Canadian Green Building Awards, the annual program of Sustainable Architecture & Building [SABMag], took place in Vancouver on May 27, 2019 where the winning firms were recognized. We especially thank our sponsors who make the Awards possible.


1. Muhammad Kashif (right) of Category Sponsor Mitsubishi Electric Sales of Canada presents the Commercial/Industrial [Large] Award for the Evolv1 Building to Dr. Andrea Frisque of Stantec.

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2. Jennifer McGill (right), of National Sponsor Masonite Architectural, presents the Institutional [Large] Award for the Okanagan College Trades Renewal and Expansion Project to Michael Leckman of Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. 3. On behalf of National Sponsor The Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute, juror Ron Kato (centre) presents the Commercial/Industrial [Small] Award for the Sechelt Water Resource Centre to Brian Wakelin (left) and Robert Drew of Public Architecture + Communication.



4. Ron Kato (right), representing Category Sponsor Enbridge Gas Inc., presents the Existing Building Upgrade Award for the Wellington Building Rehabilitation to David Clusiau of NORR Architects and Engineers. 5. On behalf of National Sponsor, the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute, juror Lisa Bate (left) presents the Technical Award for the City of Calgary Composting Facility to Megan Leslie of Stantec.

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7. On behalf of Category Sponsor Inline Fiberglass, juror Lisa Bate (left) presents the Residential Building [Large] Award for the Duke Apartment Building to Mark Ostry (second left) and Russell Acton (far right) of Acton Ostry Architects Inc. Pete Edgar of building owner Edgar Development Corp. is second right.



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6 Jennifer McGill (centre) of National Sponsor Masonite Architectural presents the Institutional [Small] Award for the Radium Hot Springs Community Hall and Library to Shelley Craig and Jordan Edmonds of Urban Arts Architecture Inc.

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8. Representing National Sponsor the Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute, juror Ron Kato (right) presents the Existing Building Upgrade Award for the Bank of Canada Renewal to Zeina Elali (left) of Perkins+Will and Colleen Sullivan of the Bank of Canada. 9. Lindsay Oster (left), principal of Prairie Architects Inc. receives the Institutional [Small] Award for the Building Blocks on Balmoral at Great West Life from Jennifer McGill of National Sponsor Masonite Architectural.

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St. Peter’s Church, Petrus Hall Mission Accomplished: Building Faith in Sustainability


The design and construction of Petrus Hall is the first stage of a multi-phase project for St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Winnipeg. Rental revenues from the completed Hall will fund the 1,500 seat Worship Space and additional phases, while providing new facilities including a full-sized gymnasium, a theatrical stage, and a multi-purpose hall for large social events. New outdoor features include a paved basketball court and a landscaped grotto. By Bruce Pauls, ft3 Architecture

A Case for Sustainability As design professionals, we recognize the value in creating sustainable buildings; for the environment, for wellness, and energy savings. A perpetual challenge is to make sustainable design relevant and attractive to building owners. Our approach for this project was to relate sustainable principles to the symbolic imagery of the church.


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The parish wanted their new building to convey the life of St. Peter — or Petros — the ‘rock’ upon which Christ built his church. Prior to his life as a disciple, Peter the fisherman spent his life at sea. This biographical narrative, coupled with the cultural values of the parish and a mandate of environmental stewardship, informed our selection of products and processes that would result in meaningful connections for the church. Our sustainable pursuits received a boost from Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical letter on caring for the environment. Equipped with this document and our product research, we discovered a program called ‘Networks’ from Interface Carpet and introduced this relatable program to our client. This fair-trade initiative works with impoverished coastal communities in the Philippines to reclaim the nylon from discarded fishing nets found in the surrounding oceans. A full 100 per cent of the nylon is reused in the manufacture of carpet tiles.

1. Revenues from the new Petrus Hall will fund further construction. 2. The theatrical stage. 3. Lighting provided by Acuity Brands. Some of the interior finish consists of Prodema Panels, distributed by Sound Solutions. Using raw forest materials managed in socially and environmentally responsible ways, these maintenance-free panels feature attractive real wood veneers on phenolic cores.

As a predominantly Filipino parish, this product resonated with the cultural and family ties of St. Peter’s Church. The design of the carpet mimics wave patterns and contributed to a design concept loosely based on the colors and textures of the ocean. The second purposeful link to sustainability was the use of Tyndall stone, quarried 53 kilometers from the site. Natural and durable, this material contains a rich array of aquatic fossils from an ancient time when Southern Manitoba was a sea bed, further supporting our two symbolic themes of St. Peter as the ‘rock’ and as the fisherman.

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A Shared Vision These engaging products encouraged client buy-in and propelled even more significant sustainable initiatives within the project. Committed to responsible use of resources and lower operating costs, we used energy modelling to demonstrate significant savings and reduced greenhouse emissions. These results were made possible through highly efficient heating and cooling systems, along with a high-performance building envelope, and the use of LED lighting with sophisticated sensors and controls. High indoor air quality was assured using verified low VOC products, protection of the ventilation ductwork during construction process, and a flush-out prior to occupancy. Water reduction was managed through the use of low-flow plumbing fixtures and exterior drought-tolerant site plantings. Numerous building materials were selected for their recycled content, and the majority of construction waste was recycled and subsequently diverted from landfill. As a result of these efforts, Petrus Hall has obtained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) Silver certification from the Canada Green Building Council, a notable achievement for a privately-funded project.

Project Performance Energy Model The project demonstrated 45 per cent in energy savings over baseline through the use of LED lighting with dimmers and occupancy sensors, a high-performance building envelope and heat recovery, along with highefficiency heating and cooling. Water Reduction Water usage was reduced by 35 per cent by installing low-flow plumbing fixtures and drought-tolerant site plantings. Recycled Materials In an effort to recycle more material, 79 per cent of construction waste was diverted from landfill. Up to 17 per cent of building materials were composed of recycled content including the steel, drywall, concrete, composite wood, flooring, lockers, and benches. Locally Sourced Materials The project locally sourced 33 per cent of construction materials including the Tyndall stone cladding, concrete, asphalt, and wood mulch. Indoor Air Quality Materials such as drywall, fiberglass insulation, toilet partitions, and integrated sinks were Green Guard Certified for low chemical emissions. Low VOC products used include flooring, paint, adhesives, and sealants. FALL 2019 Prairies FOCUS


The future of green building is here. LEED future-proofs your investment against increases in carbon and energy pricing, as well as the expense of energy-saving retrofits that will otherwise be needed down the road. Simply stated, LEED is as good for your business as it is for the environment.

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Message from the CaGBC Regional Leadership Boards By joining your local CaGBC Chapter you will have the opportunity to connect with industry leaders and learn from the successes and challenges that others are experiencing in your market. You can expect to develop relationships through networking, strengthen your expertise through education, and build leadership skills through volunteering. Each of us have experienced both professional and personal growth from participating in our local chapters – we encourage you to get involved! LEARN MORE:

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Alberta Leadership Board Chair: Melanie Ross, Integral Group - Dr. Doug Brown, MGO Systems - Matt Grace, Integral Group - Susan Kapetanovic-Marr, Morrison Hershfield - Greg MacKenzie, Greg MacKenzie + Associates Consulting Ltd. - Juan Monterrosa, City of Edmonton - Director Dr. Azzeddine Oudjehane, Southern Alberta Institute of Technologies (SAIT) - Justin Pockar, City of Calgary - Matthew Simard, Clark Builders - Mark Terpstra, Alberta Infrastructure, Technical Services Branch

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Saskatchewan Leadership Board Chair: Michele Friesen, aodbt architecture & interior design -Brett Gray, Brett Kelln, Ritenburg & Associates Ltd. - Alicia Ross-Litowski, Walker Projects - Chris Johnson, Harvard Property Management - Mallory Gellner, City of Saskatoon - Michael Badger, PCL Construction Management Inc.

Manitoba Leadership Board Chair: Liane Wychreschuk, Architect, Brook McIlroy - Dwayne Fournel, Black Park Enterprises Ltd. - Scott Corden, Alliance Engineering Services - Kevin Dandewich, Construction Manager - Ed Dornn, Greenstone Structural Solutions - Adam Dubyna, ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design - Daniel Enns, BETAC - Kaeryn Gregory, Demand Side Energy - Lenay Gutoski, Bockstael Construction - Brent Kolton, St. Boniface Hospital - Lindsay Mierau, City of Winnipeg

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Manitoba and Saskatchewan Regional Manager: Crystal Bornais,

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Giant Pandas and the Living Building Challenge Petal Certification: The First Living Building to be Certified in Alberta The genesis of this particular project stemmed from a challenge to accommodate some giant pandas that were to be transferred from the Toronto Zoo in 2018. By Integral Group, Calgary Calgary Zoo, as a civic partner of the City of Calgary, is bound by the City’s sustainable building policy. This is a mandate for all city-owned or funded buildings to be certified to a specific Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) level. It was found during the exploration days of the project, that the most applicable LEED rating system was the one designated for commercial interiors. However, this did not make sense for an animal habitat within a building.


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Mission Green Buildings, now a member of Integral Group, worked with the Calgary Zoo and the City of Calgary to research alternative rating systems for the project. The solution came in the Living Building Challenge, which is the world’s most rigorous framework of green building requirements. The International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge (LBC) aligned perfectly with the zoo’s sustainability objectives and values — low-impact materials, healthy indoor environment, community connectivity, equity, integration of beauty, culture, and education. The LBC was also flexible enough to allow partial (Petal) certification, given the project’s scope did not include HVAC system upgrades.

To achieve the Materials Petal, specifically the Red List Imperative, close attention was paid to the chemical composition of every single product being brought to site. Many chemicals commonly found in building products — PVC, neoprene, formaldehyde — could not be used. This required creative design solutions, much research into new products, many conversations with manufacturers, and a dedicated construction team. Daylight modelling was used in the placement of two large ETFE skylights, the first installation in Western Canada, which help promote plant growth indoors. A detailed lifecycle analysis was performed and used to quantify the building’s carbon footprint, for which the zoo purchased offsets. “We’re so thrilled to see conservation organizations like the Calgary Zoo adopt the Living Building Challenge,” said Parker Helble, Certification Manager at the ILFI. “The zoo and ILFI share similar goals and values and Panda Passage is a wonderful reflection of this. Panda Passage successfully incorporates beauty, biophilia, conservation, health, equity, and education at the intersection of species. We hope the exhibit inspires others to appreciate the beauty and importance of nature and consider these principles in their work and everyday lives.” “Habitat destruction remains one of the biggest threats to pandas in the wild, much in the same way that the boreal forests and evergreen trees are a concern for wildlife in Canada. As a conservation organization, the Calgary Zoo is committed to using resources in the most efficient way possible and inspiring others by living our conservation philosophy through all that we do,” said Clément Lanthier, President & CEO, Calgary Zoo. The zoo was successfully able to integrate the Living Building Challenge into the design, construction, and continued operation of its newest exhibit. They created a landmark project that stands out among its peers and that has received international recognition for its sustainability efforts.

Certification was always the goal, but as nobody on the team had ever worked on an LBC project, there was always an element of uncertainty. However, at the completion of the project, all parties were elated. If the pandas are an indication of this, they appear to be comfortable in their custom-built environment. To the team, the challenge of this benchmark project was surprise in learning how many toxic chemicals are in the most mundane products – printer ink, doorstops, and even baseboards. It was eye-opening and forced the team to consider some alternative solutions. This venture will influence future projects of this ilk because it helped prove that simple designs can be sustainable and that renovation projects can meet very stringent sustainability requirements.

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River Landing: A Vibrant, Sustainable Development

As the South Saskatchewan River meanders North, along the cusp of the City of Saskatoon’s downtown district, a dynamic transformation is emerging. A product of the City’s plan to reclaim undeveloped land along one of its most treasured assets and revamp it as a vibrant riverfront destination, River Landing is evolving into a favourite landing-place for visitors and residents alike. By Ledcor The River Landing development is changing the skyline of one of Canada’s fastest-growing cities, and at the easterly edge of this transition will stand two stateof-the-art, sustainably built office towers.


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The vision of Triovest Realty Advisors Inc. (Triovest), these buildings will add more than 740,000 square feet of commercial office space to the expanding downtown area. Construction Manager Ledcor is on schedule to complete the 13-storey East Tower in the fall, while the 18storey Nutrien (North) Tower is approximately 25 per cent complete with a target completion of summer 2021. As one of Canada’s Greenest Employers (2019), Triovest is committed to sustainability and actively pursues greenbuilding certifications for their properties. Ledcor has long been on the leading edge of sustainability and is committed to helping clients optimize the quality, longevity, and lifecycle costs of their buildings. Working together with LEED Consultant, Integral Group and Prime Consultant, Gibbs Gage Architects, this forward-thinking team is exploring every opportunity to create a sustainable, enduring legacy for the citizens of Saskatoon.

Ahead of the curve with respect to the City’s newly implemented Climate Action Plan, the River Landing East and Nutrien Towers are targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) v4 Gold certification and will boast significant energy savings and greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions of 21 per cent and 19 per cent, equivalent to 2000 tco2 annually. LEED v4 uses a performance-based approach that calls for measurable results throughout a building’s life cycle. It focuses on reversing contribution to Global Climate Change with GHG reductions from energy use, including building operations energy use, and transportation energy use, as well as material and water-embodied energy use.

LEED v4 also places a strong emphasis on human health and the provision of high-quality indoor environments for building occupants. Materials, for example, are evaluated more holistically through methods such as Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations to assess the impact on human health and the environment. As constructors of the first commercial LEED v4 Platinum certified project in Canada, Ledcor is uniquely qualified to support LEED v4 projects. From early lessons learned, they developed constructionspecific procedures and host in-house and on-demand training webinars for their field employees, thus assuring sustainable principles and practices are incorporated into their projects from pre-construction through occupancy. As per Marsha Gentile, Ledcor’s Director of Sustainability “Ledcor drives positive change throughout by sourcing sustainable raw materials, ensuring healthy indoor environments and helping to lower the environmental footprint of our clients.” It stands to reason that the City of Saskatoon’s reinvestment in an underutilized part of the City should be approached sustainably. Through progressive developers like Triovest and like-minded environmentally responsible builders such as Ledcor, the City’s vision of a greener future is well on its way to becoming a reality.

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Red Deer College Residence Breaks the Mold for Student Accommodation Designed to actively support students’ mental health and their emotional and physical well-being, the spaces inside Red Deer College Residence acknowledge and provide for the unique qualities of its occupants, while they still adhereing to the restraints of a small bachelor unit typology. By Kent Mckay, Manasc Isaac

1 2 While the majority of the units are available to short-term and long-term Red Deer College users, selected units are always available for external hotel guests, allowing for year-round use of the facility. Where individual units provide sanctuary and homes for long-term users, the Residence’s generous, varied, and compelling gathering areas encourage residents to connect and collide with each other in common spaces. The interior design strategy in both units and common areas alike strives to provide a simple, well-designed, resilient, and contemporary background against which moments of exposed structure, materials, and colour can be contrasted.

From its solar panel cladding outside, all the way to its student living spaces inside, residence units at Red Deer College are designed to accommodate a single student, and are fitted with murphy-type beds behind each desk, allowing a second guest to be accommodated, if required. These unique, space- efficient room designs were inspired by microapartments, aAir-stream trailers, and pod design. Each unit has its own kitchen, allowing for private food preparation, while the main floor features a community kitchen where groups of residents can gather to bake cookies or celebrate birthdays.


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As cohesively beautiful as the user experience of the Red Deer College Residence is, the building is also designed for a sustainable future, based on renewable energy. The entire East, South, and West faces of the Residence have been clad in a vertical 163 kW array of photovoltaic panels, generating as much as 25 per cen of the power needed for the operation of the building’s lighting.



1. The Red Deer College Residence. 2. The main floor lounge and communal kitchen. 3. The gathering stair / stage / movie area 4. A vista multi-purpose space.

Red Deer College Residence is designed to nurture the mental health of its occupants, facilitating their growth and development. Seven unique gathering spaces, each with its own feel and purpose, help to connect students to one another, to the larger community, and to nature. The form, location, orientation, program, and colour of each gathering space is specific, and these spaces offer varied experiences for students. The Red Deer College Residence design provides an array of varied spaces for its occupants. The design’s ambition ensures that the building offers a perfect space for each user: whether one best digests space through sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, kinaesthetic or gravity, and whether one may be extroverted or introverted, the building offers a place where every “body,� and every learner can feel good. This is achieved by negotiating the solid and void, the public and private, indoor and outdoor, as well as individual and gathering spaces.

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Designing a Sustainable Office, for Stantec, by Stantec Acting as the design firm and client, Stantec delivered a sustainable and healthy office that is now targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) and Fitwel certifications. By Tanya Doran and Erica Baranik, Stantec

Stantec’s office exemplifies interdisciplinary, global collaboration — Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Boulder teams joined forces to deliver a functional and sustainable workspace that meets the needs of employees and promotes healthy offices. The sustainability and building performance team participated in all aspects of this project, from early design to fit-up and post occupancy. Looking for us? Stantec’s headquarters take up Floors 3 to 21 in Stantec Tower, the tallest tower in Western Canada. Launching in July 2015 and reaching completion in November 2018, the Stantec office fit-up project was designed by Stantec, for Stantec, to bring three Edmonton offices together. Stantec’s office sits at the heart of downtown Edmonton amid high-density commercial, residential, and business neighbourhoods. It has walkable access to transit (bus stops, bike lanes, and LRT), restaurants, childcare, and public services. There are more than 20 services, including a grocery store, library, medical and fitness centres, all within an 800-metre distance, which promotes walkability and reduces the need for vehicles. All these perks were crucial for planning the amalgamation of more than 1,200 employees into one office. 30

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Challenges and sustainability solutions Stantec’s team wore many hats acting as the client and design team. This dual role posed a challenge. Our design team knew that they would be living with design decisions and readily received feedback from the occupants. The project challenged the team to step into the client’s shoes and negotiate long-term benefits of sustainable solutions in a budget-driven environment and work under the scrutiny of leadership and staff. To address these challenges, the project team engaged employees in decision-making, solicited feedback, and carefully managed costs and schedule. The team went so far as to have employees select their own workstation setup, each including a programmable sitstand desk.

Stantec Tower is targeting LEED Core and Shell (version 2009); Stantec’s office is targeting LEED v4 Interior Design and Construction (ID&C) and Fitwel 2-Star certifications. Coordination of these certifications on site required extensive collaboration. Targeting multiple rating systems and accommodating for phased occupancy, the Stantec team followed a tight project schedule. “Having pursued LEED v4 prior to being required to, this was the first time we worked with the LEED v4 ID&C rating system. Through collaboration with manufacturers, we redefined industry standards to match our sustainability requirements,” Erica Baranik, a sustainability analyst with Stantec. Stantec office features lighting design recognized through the Award of Merit—2019 IES Illumination Awards. The office’s LED lighting automatically turns off at 7:00 p.m. with motion sensors shutting the lights off after 20 minutes of inactivity.

Half of the interior non-structural walls, ceilings, and floors are movable or demountable to reduce future costs. Further, 95 per cent of the regularly occupied space has access to outside views. “Our Buildings team is proud of this project. We demonstrated our commitment to sustainability, health, and wellbeing. This is us walking the talk,” said Tanya Doran, a member of the Stantec team.

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Transforming Education at The Singhmar Centre for Learning – NorQuest College Vibrant, full of natural light, inclusive, and student-centred were a few of the required attributes for the NorQuest College expansion. The new space also needed to consolidate several facilities into a single, environmentally responsible downtown campus that could provide an exceptional learning experience for the thousands of students who attend the college each year. By Carmen Palamarchuk, PCL Construction

A New Chapter The Singhmar Centre for Learning, NorQuest College’s first major capital project in over 40 years, marks a new chapter in the college’s history. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) Gold, four-storey building, was designed by DIALOG and sits in the heart of downtown Edmonton, Alberta. The centre demonstrates the college’s commitment to providing its students with a firstclass college experience while preparing them for the local workforce. To achieve this, the centre features 24 classrooms and 25 teaching labs, as well as a library. The 1000 Women Child Care Centre provides space for 56 children. There is also an Indigenous student centre, complete with a ceremonial room, as well as new food outlets and student activity spaces. Beneath the building, an underground parking facility offers spaces for over a 100 vehicles and 73 bicycles. Sustainable Design and Construction A large central atrium allows natural light to filter to the deepest parts of the building, including inner classrooms which have windows facing the atrium. “The Singhmar Centre for Learning is a bright and spacious building that was truly designed for students—giving them the classrooms, study space, and student services they need to thrive throughout their studies,” says Charles Lau, DIALOG Architect. A double façade system along the west elevation on the second floor assists with temperature management. In the winter, vents are closed to trap solar energy and provide supplementary passive heating.


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In the summer, vents are opened to provide passive cooling, and work in conjunction with shading and cooling systems. The design of spaces planned for key program adjacencies such as locating heat generating computer labs away from the building exterior to reduce cooling loads. Additional green features include water harvesting, low-volume fixtures, and a high-performance building envelope, and low environmental impact products and materials which were used in the construction of the centre. During construction, PCL Construction set goals to reduce waste, energy, and water usage which resulted in surpassing the original LEED Silver target to achieve LEED Gold certification. Reducing waste included diverting 83.80 per cent of construction and demolition waste from landfill, as well as a 95 per cent diversion rate for green wood, white wood, metals, drywall or gypsum, and concrete or asphalt. In addition, water usage was reduced by 34.45 per cent over the baseline fixture performance requirements.

Finally, energy costs were reduced by 44 per cent over the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 Baseline Building and high albedo materials covered 98.46 per cent of the effective roof area. “It was a pleasure for our team to work with the college on a project their team cared so deeply about,” says Rob Otway, vice president and district manager, PCL Construction. “The collaboration between everyone involved with the project was exceptional. This teamwork helped NorQuest College to achieve its vision of a sustainable, expanded downtown campus.” To the Future This transformational project allows NorQuest College to stay true to its core values to advance the college’s technology and program offerings and set graduates up for success. “The Singhmar Centre for Learning further positions us as a modern and entrepreneurial organization that is progressive and nimble,” says NorQuest College president and CEO, Dr. Jodi Abbott. “It also allows us to provide our students with an incredible college experience.” This project proved to PCL and Norquest College that with collaborative effort and focus, construction industries can achieve higher standards of environmental reduction in waste, energy and water. Photos: Courtesy of Christophe Bernard Photography and Carmen Palamarchuk.

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Prairie Architects New Office Receives LEED Platinum Certification Manitoba-based Prairie Architects Inc. is a recognized leader in the design of sustainable, high-performance, energyconserving, and healthy buildings. Having outgrown its offices, the medium-sized architect firm was looking for a new space that would embody their corporate values. In 2017, the opportunity presented itself in the 1916 Stanley Brock heritage warehouse conversion in the heart of the Winnipeg Exchange District. They knew that they would pursue a Leadership in Energy and Environmental DesignÂŽ (LEED) certification as a way to recognize their commitment to a healthy planet. By Prairie Architects Inc.

Prairie carefully considered many private Commercial real-estate opportunities in Winnipeg before choosing to relocate to the existing historic Stanley Brock building. They concluded that remaining in Winnipeg’s Exchange District was important to staff. At the same time, giving new life to a heritage warehouse space embodied Prairie’s passion and was paramount to its founding values. The strategic decision to relocate the office required dedication throughout all stages of the process, from initial conception to final realization. Having worked with the developer/contractor in the design and certification of their Qualico Head Office in Winnipeg, Prairie approached StreetSide Developments about the opportunity to purchase and renovate the main floor commercial space. Prairie recognized the venture would require extra effort to ensure sustainability goals would be met by the commercial developer/contractor. The final outcome of the heritage warehouse adaptive reuse reduced the amount of new materials, reduced the waste from demolition and construction, and reduced overall carbon footprint and lowered embodied energy. Prairie began the design of their new office in 2016 by initiating a consultative design charrette with their employees. The goal was to establish the best design approach that would incorporate many creative and sustainable solutions into the final project. Locating the office in a heritage warehouse building meant strategically celebrating existing brick walls, wood floors, and wood ceilings rather than covering them up.


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The design incorporated open workstations with no closed offices. All workstations were designed to have access to large, operable south-facing windows that fill the main floor area with natural daylight and views. They also provide access to the active street front, ensuring that everyone has views and natural light, and no one desk is prioritized in terms of location. The open office space was designed around the existing warehouse columns, giving priority to the workspaces while underutilized spaces, such as the kitchen and print room, were also given key locations at the rear of the building with their own access to natural light and views. All office lighting is high-efficiency, programmable LED fixtures on occupancy sensors, which contribute to reducing the overall office power requirements. Ultra-low flow faucets in the kitchen and washrooms were selected to reduce water consumption by 30 per cent. The HVAC system is a multi-zoned variable refrigerant flow systems (VRF) with heat recovery.

It is anticipated that the system will require 31 per cent less energy than the base building MNECB. Prairie tracks monthly energy bills and is working with a Commissioning Agent to review where ongoing improvements and efficiencies can be made. Prairie’s staff walk, cycle, or take transit to work and as such, it was appropriate to celebrate active transportation with the addition of a shower and a featured secure bike storage in the front lobby. Staff’s efforts results in approximately 5,656kg of CO2 avoided each year and over 500,000 calories collectively burned annually. The new office also has access to a fully equipped gym within the building and is in walking distance of many amenities, including a river walk and park space. Prairie reused salvaged, refurbished, or recycled materials and furniture throughout the space. The existing warehouse maple floors were salvaged, and the carpet that was used is 100 per cent recycled content yarn and is comprised of 63 per cent post-industrial recycled content and nine per cent postconsumer recycled content. A feature of our office is the furniture built by Wood Anchor, a local custom fabrication shop that repurposes local elm trees that are diseased and would otherwise be sent to landfill. Prairie’s new office space is designed to increase a sense of wellbeing and productivity as the open concept allows more light into the work space. Employees enjoy how the natural wood and brick expose Winnipeg’s historical past, adding warmth and authenticity to the office atmosphere. In keeping with Prairie Architects Inc’s founding values, the open concept space promotes the idea that everyone’s work is equally important to the organization. Now their heritage building space feels more like home, reflecting the company’s desire for a healthy, inspiring and sustainable workspace in their desired neighbourhood in Winnipeg’s trendy Exchange District.

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Meet the CaGBC’s Emerging Green Professionals The CaGBC is committed to providing young green building professionals with a voice, access to continuous learning, unique ways to make connections and grow their careers. These Emerging Green Professionals, or EGPs are an important part of our chapters. Learn more about some of these outstanding young people involved here in the Prairies.

Michael Badger – Saskatchewan Michael is a graduate of the University of Regina’s Environmental Systems Engineering Program. He now works as a Field Coordination and Sustainability Champion for PCL Construction Management Saskatoon and is a registered Engineer-in-Training with APEGS, working towards his LEED AP. Michael has served on the CaGBC Saskatchewan Chapter Leadership Board since 2017 as an EGP, and was the founding member and President of the 2017/2018 University of Regina EGP Group. “As someone with a green background working in construction management, having a strong core understanding of green building practices through the CaGBC has helped me in all facets of my work. Being involved has also grown my network of green professionals greatly. Lifelong learning is critical to a successful career and the CaGBC helps foster that through fascinating conferences and workshops.” - Michael Badger - Saskatchewan Siddharth Patel – Northern Alberta EGP Siddharth Patel, currently works as a Sustainability Intern at Stantec in Edmonton, Alberta. He graduated with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta. Siddharth’s contribution to CaGBC is motivated by the idea of being able to make a meaningful change around him rather than just witnessing the change. Siddharth is also serving as the marketing coordinator for the Northern Alberta EGPs. “Volunteering with the organization has helped me explore career options that I did not know about while studying at the University of Alberta. It has also helped me build meaningful connections with people working in the industry to learn about the skills relevant to the roles I was interested in.” - Siddharth Patel - Alberta

Christina Michayluk – Southern Alberta Christina graduated with a diploma in Architectural Technologies from SAIT in 2016. She has made her way into sustainability and is currently working at Footprint as a sustainability specialist. As the Chair of the EGP committee for Southern Alberta, she helps with event programming, planning, and outreach to students. Christina also represents EGPs on the Alberta Chapter Leadership Board. “While I was a student, volunteering with the CaGBC was a great way for me to introduce myself to my future industry. I was able to get my career started at Footprint thanks to the connections I made and the recommendations from the people around me.” - Christina Michayluk – Alberta Kirstyn Fanstone - Manitoba Kirstyn is a graduate of the University of Manitoba Environmental Engineering program. She has worked as a Project Officer for the Government of Nunavut and has been involved in several LEED certified projects. “Volunteering has helped expand my professional network with like-minded people who are putting in the work to make the built environment a more sustainable place. As a LEED credential holder, the CaGBC has also allowed me access to materials that help me maintain my credentials in good standing.” - Kirstyn Fanstone - Manitoba Manitoba Chapter EGPs: egpmanitoba Saskatchewan Chapter EGPs: egpsaskatchewan Alberta Chapter EGPs: egpalberta

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On November 8, 2018 and January 31, 2019, the CaGBC Manitoba and Alberta Leadership & Green Building Awards ceremonies recognized individuals and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the CaGBC’s mission and goals in advancing the green building industry in Manitoba and Alberta.

THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2018 AWARDS WERE: – MANITOBA – Green Building Excellence - New Construction: Red River College Skilled Trades and Technology Centre Green Building Excellence - Existing Building: 220 Portage Avenue

– ALBERTA – Green Building Excellence - Existing Building: Livingston Place Green Building Excellence - Inspiring Home: Brookfield Residential Green Building Excellence - New Construction: Royal Alberta Museum Green Building Excellence - Tenant Improvement: WSP Office Emerging Green Leader: Prateek Sharma Inspiring Educator: Cheryl Fryers Green Building Pioneer: Matt Grace Green Building Champion: Kim Rishel

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Prairie Architects Inc. Green Building Excellence Award Tenant Improvement (Winnipeg)

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