part of PCL’s commitment to building a zero-carbon future, we recognize the
importance of promoting sustainable building practices for generations to come.
We 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
The Vancouver Convention Centre West is the
world’s first LEED® Platinum certified convention
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
Humber River Hospital incorporates sustainable
offsite modular construction techniques.
In October 2017, the Vancouver Convention Centre was certified as the
first and only double LEED® Platinum certified convention center in the world. With
the West Building completed by PCL in 2009, the 1.1 million square foot facility
boasts more than six acres of living roof that acts as an insulator and reduces
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.
Located in SeaTac, Washington, the Angle Lake Station is the first light
rail station in the Northwest to receive LEED® Gold certification. 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.
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.
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.
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.