Mountain Equipment Co-op is a two-story, LEED Gold-certified retail store in Burlington, Ontario. Completed on a compressed seven-month construction schedule, the 27,000-square-foot building devotes 19,000 square feet to retail space, and the balance to staff and warehouse space. The building generates a large percentage of its energy using a 24 kWh solar system for both electricity and heat. It features skylights, an ice-storage system for cooling that draws off-peak electricity at night, low-flow fixtures, recycling of grey water and rainfall, and landscaping that reflects the local environment and encourages birds and insects.
Early involvement with the design team and consultants enabled PCL's LEED APs to provide expertise and advice about LEED design choices and construction-related challenges. This allowed the project to be completed under budget and ahead of schedule.
One unusual element was a request from the City of Burlington that the building be easily dismountable for future zoning changes. The team satisfied this request through the use of an exterior, structural, insulated panel system that facilitates disassembly.
The project received an honorable mention from the Ontario General Contractors Association's Ontario Builder Awards, and a commercial wood design award from the Canadian Wood Council's WoodWorks awards.