Sustainable Building Today for a Greener Tomorrow

Imagine a world where the building community delivers green buildings for everyone, everywhere. That’s the goal of PCL’s sustainable construction initiatives. As part of PCL’s commitment to building a sustainable future, we recognize the importance of promoting green building practices for generations to come and are highlighting some of PCL’s greenest projects, all of which have been or are registered to be LEED® certified by the Canada or U.S Green Building Councils.  
The Vancouver Convention Centre West is the
world’s first LEED® Platinum certified convention
center.​

Angle Lake Station is the first light rail station in the
Northwest to receive LEED® Gold certification.

The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence is one of the
most innovative and advanced sustainable facilities
in the world.

Punahou School incorporates visible and interactive
sustainability features.

Humber River Hospital incorporates sustainable
offsite modular construction techniques.​

Vancouver Convention Centre West

Completed in 2009, the Vancouver Convention Centre West is recognized as the world’s first LEED® Platinum certified convention center. The 1.1 million square foot building boasts more than six acres of living roof, designed to act as an insulator, reducing summer heat gains and winter heat losses. The unique green roof is home to more than 400,000 indigenous plant and grass species from the Gulf Islands, as well as many birds, insects and small mammals. In addition, the facility incorporates wood products from sustainably managed, local forests.  

In October 2017, the Vancouver Convention Centre West was certified as the first and only double LEED® Platinum certified convention center in the world. Complimenting the 2010 LEED® Platinum certification for new construction, the facility has now achieved LEED Platinum certification for existing buildings. The new certification solidifies the Vancouver Convention Centre’s position as the world’s greenest convention center. Congratulations Vancouver Convention Centre! 

Angle Lake Station

Located in SeaTac, Washington, the Angle Lake Station is the first light rail station in the Northwest to receive LEED® Gold certification. The station includes covered passenger platforms, bicycle storage, off-street parking, a passenger drop-off area, and local and rapid transit service connections. The project’s theme, “Environment in Motion,” is embodied in its ambitious sustainability features, including a rooftop solar array that generates 2.5 percent of the station’s annual power and rainwater harvesting that serves 100 percent of the station’s landscape irrigation needs. 

Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence

As the name suggests, the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation is deeply rooted in sustainable values, which makes it no surprise that the LEED® Platinum certified building was presented with the 2016 CCA Environmental Achievement Award and named the most sustainable postsecondary institution in Canada by Corporate Knights magazine. The 70,000-square-foot postsecondary building was constructed using renewable, sustainable, and locally sourced materials and technologies. Perhaps the most notable and efficient feature of the building is its ability to indicate when windows should be opened to maximize internal cooling. 

Punahou School

Not only does the natural spring that runs through the heart of campus inspire the school’s name, but it has motivated construction of a campus with an emphasis on green space. Registered for LEED® Platinum certification, the Punahou School, Grades 2–5 Neighborhood project, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, incorporates visible and interactive sustainability features, such as Plexiglas floor troughs on the second floor sidewalks and living walls in the stairwells, which both display rainwater from the roof catchment system that can be used for irrigation. To create the ideal learning environment, the school’s studios incorporate natural lighting and ventilation, as well as recycled materials from the school that was previously on the site.  

Humber River Hospital  

Humber River Hospital is the most energy-efficient, fully-digital acute care hospital in North America. Originally intended for LEED® Silver classification, the hospital recently achieved LEED® Gold, a testament to the entire team’s relentless pursuit of creating a facility that balances energy efficiency and innovative technology, enabling the hospital to focus on its core business of providing exemplary patient care. Incorporating digital integration to reduce operating costs and carbon footprint, the 1.8M square-foot facility was design-built by PCL Construction in just 43.5 months. Humber River Hospital boasts an annual energy use that is 47% lower than the Energy Star Portfolio Manager Canada target for hospitals, with 100% fresh air. The build incorporates ICAT infrastructure, first-in-Canada use of Automated Guided Vehicles, one of the world’s largest dynamic glass installations, and used sustainable offsite modular construction techniques. 

PCL Toronto recently accepted the Greater Toronto Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC-GTC) Innovation in LEED® Award for Humber River Hospital – New Construction Core & Shell. The CaGBC-GTC’s annual Innovation Awards program is judged by a panel of experts to distinguish individuals in the green building industry, as well as projects in Southern Ontario, which go above and beyond the normal scope of LEED®. ​

 

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