The Anvil Centre and the Anvil Centre Office Tower in New Westminster, B.C. have officially received LEED Gold certification by the Canada Green Building Council. Anvil Centre, which opened in 2014, was built with a number of sustainable design features that align with the city’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
The 95,000-square-foot, four storey civic centre occupies the entire lower building podium which supports the 135,000-square-foot, nine storey office tower above. Anvil Centre is the largest office building in New Westminster.
“Throughout the planning and constructing phase, our team worked hard to ensure that Anvil Centre was built to the current sustainable building practices,” said Mayor Jonathan X. Coté. “It’s great that our staff can be recognized for their efforts and that our community can be proud to call Anvil their own.”
Some of the sustainable design features of Anvil Centre include the use of high efficiency heat recovery systems and radiant flooring, increased use of natural light to reduce energy consumption, roof thermal insulation, the use of low volatile organic compounds (VOC) materials, electric vehicle charging stations, bike storage and changing facilities, and the purchase of renewable power.
Moreover, 88 per cent of construction and demolition waste was diverted from the landfill and 68 per cent of all wood based materials are FSC certified. PCL Constructors Westcoast was the general contractor.
Anvil Centre is located at 777 Columbia Street in New Westminster and features conference spaces, including a theatre; the New Media Gallery; New Westminster Museum and Archives; and the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. It also hosts arts, dance, and heritage programs.