LEEDing Opportunities for Glass and Glazing: Vancouver Convention Centre West

The Vancouver Convention Centre West was certifi ed LEED Platinum by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The project features extensive use of natural daylighting and ventilation. Photo courtesy LMN Architects
The Vancouver Convention Centre West was certified LEED Platinum by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). The project features extensive use of natural daylighting and ventilation. Photo courtesy LMN Architects

Opening in 2009, the Vancouver Convention Centre West was designed by LMN Architects in collaboration with Vancouver’s Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership and DA Architects and Planners. The structure was the first convention centre to achieve Platinum under the Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

The $883-million, 111,483-m2 (1.2-million-sf) project was the broadcast and media centre for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Situated on the harbour, the design incorporates the natural environment with the city’s downtown core.

Extensive daylighting was part of the design, with an ultra-clear glazing assembly surrounding the building. The glass envelope also allows for views of the waterfront and cityscape from many of the function rooms within the centre, and enables natural ventilation.

Some of the additional sustainable elements include:

  • the largest vegetated roof in Canada at 2.4 ha (6 acres);
  • seawater heat pump system used for heating and cooling;
  • controlled daylighting;
  • radiant heating and cooling systems;
  • reduced water consumption by more than 60 per cent; and
  • energy-efficient lighting systems.

Project Team
Design Architect: LMN Architects in collaboration with Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership and DA Architects and Planners
Owner: BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo)
Contractor: PCL Construction Enterprises
Environmental Consultant: EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd.

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