For this project, the PCL project team was tasked with renovating the existing Eurasian Gateway Building and creating the new Panda Passage: a state-of-the-art habitat specifically catering to the Zoo’s Giant Pandas’ needs. The renovation included a new back-of-house area, skylights and entrance gateway, and structural and landscape changes to create a familiar mountainous environment for the pandas.
Committed to conservation, the Calgary Zoo was interested in pursuing the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge Petal Certification. Focused on innovation and sustainability, the Living Building Challenge provides guidelines for design and construction that promote the relationship between people and the environment.
This rigorous environmental certification process requires contractors to meet all criteria in at least three of seven petal categories – place, water, energy, health and happiness, materials, equity, and beauty. The Calgary Zoo’s Panda Passage met four of the prerequisite petals to receive certification, in the beauty, materials, health and happiness, and equity categories.
This is the first Petal Certification for PCL, and it is the first project in Alberta to receive this designation.