Ray Wolfe, Patrick Stewart from AME Group and Monte Paulsen from RDH Building Science Inc. will be presenting at the Association for Learning Environments BC Chapter AGM. Co-presenters include Mo Khan from OM Engineering and Celena Aujla from Thinkspace. Their presentation focuses on the lessons learned from designing for a Net-Zero Energy school and thinking beyond net-zero energy for our schools.
Jurisdictions all over BC are adapting varying degrees of the BC Energy Step Code to ultimately lead to net-zero energy buildings in the future – therefore, mandating more energy efficient buildings. But designing for an energy-balance alone is not enough to combat the current climate crisis affecting the globe. It is important to also consider the associated embodied carbon. The presentation reviews the terminology revolving around “net-zero” buildings, the takeaways from designing for net-zero energy on Site 207, and considerations and recommendations for future project teams attempting to achieve rigorous energy and/or carbon targets for their buildings.
The new WLIB Government Building will take advantage of a beautiful site with amazing views of the golf course, lake and pond. Photos courtesy of Lauren Bros. Construction.
Henk shares with Kevin G. Armstrong the strategies that allowed Thinkspace to foster creative collaboration and connection in order to exceed client expectations during COVID-19. Click here to watch the video.
We are very excited to be continuing our long working relationship with School District No. 36 (Surrey) through the design and construction of the newly announced addition to White Rock Elementary School. The addition will provide additional capacity for 195 students and reduce the need for portables. Construction is expected to begin next year with occupancy in September 2022.
Williams Lake Indian Band (WLIB) broke ground on its new Government Building earlier this month. The building will consist of 18,000 square feet of new construction adjacent to the Coyote Rock Golf Course and is anticipated to be complete by July 2021.
To celebrate the ground breaking a small group of staff and invitees gathered at the building site, practicing social distancing, to observe a blessing of the land and listen to an address by WLIB Chief Willie Sellars. “This building will have some truly beautiful elements that will be enjoyed by all residents of, and visitors to, the Cariboo,” said Chief Sellers. “It will have a public display and gathering area that will feature a combination of art, artifacts and cultural items that will showcase the history and beauty of our people and our region. This building will also feature an archaeology lab and repository that will be the first of its kind in the region.” Read the full press release about the event here.
Congratulations to WILB and the project team on starting construction for this exciting project.