Kennedale Eco Station Recognized for Excellence in Green Building
Kennedale Eco Station received the Excellence in Green Building – New Construction award from CaGBC’s Alberta Chapter!
The CaGBC Leadership Awards program recognizes individuals and organizations who have made a significant contribution to the CaGBC’s mission and goals in advancing green building in Canada. As a winner of the Alberta Chapter awards, the project is automatically included as a finalist in the National CaGBC Awards program in spring 2018.
Kennedale Eco Station transformed an underutilized brownfield site into a publicly accessible Recycled Materials Drop-Off Centre. This is one of four facilities that are part of the City of Edmonton’s internationally renowned waste management program.
Low impact development strategies included site grading design that keeps water on site, bio-swales for directing rainwater, and a vegetated storm water management pond. The site and building design were consolidated wherever possible, resulting in needing to develop only 74% of the property. All of these strategies promote a sustainable use of land that parallels the innate function of the Eco Station.
Other project highlights include an integrated use of solar PV panels and vertical geo-thermal wells for building cooling, a private outdoor amenity area for staff respite, and an integrated approach to incorporating public art. While queuing on-site, patrons have the pleasure of viewing five large billboard-sized works of art that have been integrated into the building façade. The artwork is a whimsical play of how Canadians use and dispose of material goods.
Congratulations to the team that brought this beautifully green building to life!
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