Vancouver Convention Centre West

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Vancouver Convention Centre West

Vancouver Convention Centre West has been selected as one of the Top Ten Green Projects awarded by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE).

LMN will be honored for this prestigious award - which highlights the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design solutions that protect and enhance the environment - at the AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans 12-14 May 2011.

The COTE Top Ten Green Projects program, now in its 15th year, celebrates projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to architecture, natural systems and technology. They make a positive contribution to their communities, improve comfort for building occupants and reduce environmental impacts through strategies such as reuse of existing structures, connection to transit systems, low-impact and regenerative site development, energy and water conservation, use of sustainable or renewable construction materials, and design that improves indoor air quality.

LMN Architects-designed Vancouver Convention Centre West is World's First Convention Centre to Achieve LEED Platinum Rating 
Building is home to international media at 2010 Olympic Games

Designed by Seattle-based LMN Architects, in collaboration with Vancouver-based MCM and DA, the Vancouver Convention Centre West (VCC) has just been awarded LEED® Canada Platinum certification, the first convention centre project in the world to earn what is the program's highest rating.

"The design goes far beyond the big box functionality and experience of a traditional convention centre," says Mark Reddington, FAIA, LMN partner. "Instead, it offers a new vision of sustainability and a rich public experience by weaving together the natural ecology, local culture, urban context, and building program in a unified whole that functions literally as a living part of both the city and the harbor."

A prominent feature to be recognized around the world is the centre's six-acre living roof, which is Canada's largest and the biggest non-industrial living roof in North America. Landscaped with 400,000 native plants and grasses, the green roof acts as an insulator to mediate the exterior air temperature, as well as contributes to the building's stormwater utilization and integrates with the waterfront landscape ecosystem.

Highlights of the building's green features include:
" Restored marine habitat that is part of the building's foundation
" On-site black water treatment and desalinization systems that are projected to reduce potable water use 60 to 70 percent over typical convention centers
" A heat pump system that takes advantage of the constant temperature of the adjacent seawater to produce heating and cooling
" Extensive use of local materials, including Douglas fir and Hemlock wood finishes harvested from Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast
" Energy efficient fixtures and advanced energy management systems
" Natural daylighting and ventilation

Located on one of the most visible civic building sites in North America, the Vancouver Convention Centre sits on the on the northern waterfront edge of downtown Vancouver with spectacular views of mountains, ocean and parks. It occupies what was the last undeveloped section of the city's waterfront and completes the public realm on the waterfront.

With 2010 Olympic Games being touted as the greenest Olympics to date, the VCC serves as an icon of that vision, with a wealth of innovative green features that educate as well as inspire. The new 1.2 million square foot world-class venue is the west companion to the existing facility, tripling the total square footage of convention centre space and providing an unprecedented range of flexible and functional spaces for meetings of any size.

The convention centre is a project of BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo), a Crown Corporation of the Province of British Columbia.
The project was a collaboration among LMN (design architect), Vancouver-based Musson Cattell Mackey and DA Architects + Planners. 

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