The Science and Technology Building at Langara College in Vancouver has officially received LEED gold status in October.
Construction began in 2013 as part of Phase II (of IV) of the Master Plan to upgrade and expand the campus. The architects on the project were Steven Teeple, of Teeple Architects, and Kori Chan, of Proscenium Architects. Construction was led by Bird Construction. The building officially opened its doors in September 2016.
“I think for us, this has been one of the most exciting projects that our office had an opportunity to be involved with. Over the years, LEED has raised the bar for doing greener and greener buildings. As architects, we like to design buildings that are not just energy efficient but healthy and that people want to live work and play in,” said Chan, partner architect for Proscenium.
The Science and Technology building won points for its reflective and green roofs, energy-efficient building envelope, low-flow fume hoods, occupancy light sensors, a Thermenex heat recovery system, local, sustainable building materials and more.
“The Science and Technology Building is our signature building and incorporates some of the highest innovations in environmental design. As a testimony to our ongoing commitment to energy management and sustainability, it is one of three LEED buildings on campus,” said Wendy Lannard, senior consultant and former director of facilities.
The Science and Technology Building is located on the northwest side of the campus by the Library building and adds 12,039 square metres (129,587 square feet) of much needed space to the College’s main campus on 100 West 49th Avenue. It houses state-of-the-art biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, nursing, and computing science labs, as well as a lecture hall, multi-purpose classrooms, and collaborative study spaces. It also houses Registrar & Enrolment Services and a Subway outlet.