The Field Station was told today that we join 6 other buildings from across Canada as a winner of the 2011 SAB Awards – the National Green Building Awards – offered through Sustainable Architecture & Building [SABMag], and SAB Homes magazines.
Chosen for their level of sustainable design, architectural excellence and technical innovation, the seven commercial/institutional buildings, and one five-unit residential project converted from a former school, encompass a good range of building types – skyscraper to small research station – and sites – city core to more remote.
The SAB Awards is an annual program that awards sustainable design, architectural merit and innovation in order to advance knowledge and improve practice of Canadian design of sustainable non-residential and residential buildings.
The projects will be published in the July/August, 2011 issue of SABMag, issue #30. The jury was excited by how the SAB Awards entries in general showed that sustainable ideas were being implemented in all types of buildings, both new and renovated, and represented the positive direction in which Canadian building design is heading.
This is what the SABMAG had to say about the Station:
Architect: McFarland Marceau Architects, Vancouver
Construction Manager: Heatherbrae Builders, Richmond, BC
Landscape Architect: Victoria Drakeford Landscape Architect, Nanaimo, BC
Civil Engineer: Koers & Associates, Parksville, BC
Electrical Engineer: Cobalt Engineering, Burnaby, BC
Mechanical Engineer: Perez Engineering, Vancouver
Structural Engineer: Fast + Epp, Vancouver
Photographer: Michael Elkan Photography
Description: The project is targeting LEED Platinum certification and focuses on the use of readily available ‘state of shelf’ green technologies as a means to promote accessible green development. These features range from simple water conserving strategies to high-efficiency lighting systems and heat exchangers. The building is an example of ‘wood first’ construction, and uses over 87,000 board-feet of British Columbia wood products. This includes the distinctive curved glulam and wood roof structure, as well as the innovative solid wood structural floors made from beetle kill pine.
Jury comments: The education and research centre’s beautiful shellfish-inspired form marries the inner and outer shell in a dynamic section. The building is designed to achieve LEED Platinum using readily available technologies, and delivers an impressive energy performance that is 65% superior to a base building of the Model National Energy Code.