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Building Blocks

After 100 years of construction success, PCL prepares for 100 more by adding a gold (and green) standard training and learning facility.

Edmonton, Alberta

Clean air intake

The sustainable design links two existing campus buildings on a 3.3 acre site, including a large sunken private garden. In addition to the tranquility it provides, this acts to precondition and clean intake air for the natural ventilation system.


First private sector building in Alberta to receive LEED Gold Certification.

Solar system

The central atrium is configured as a solar chimney to drive natural ventilation during the spring, summer, and fall, and to capture passive solar heat during the winter. This is controlled with computerized shades and links to motorized dampers throughout the facility.

38% energy savings

The high performance glazing systems, thermally broken enhanced spacers, and insulated aluminum curtainwall framing result in 38% overall energy savings.

No waste

96% of waste created on site during construction (15,558 cubic metres) was diverted from landfill.

Project facts

Cost: $12 Million
Size: 26,156 sq. ft./ 2,430 sq. m.
Completed: 2006
Builder : PCL Construction
LEED Certified: Gold
Client: PCL Construction Resources Inc.

Achievements & Awards

Award of Merit, International Illumination Design Awards - Northwest Region

23rd Antron Carpet Fiber Design Award

Regional Citation for outstanding achievement in the profession of landscape architecture, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) Landscape

Award of Excellence for Design & Construction in Concrete – LEED Category, American Concrete Institute (Alberta Chapter

Award of Merit, Consulting Engineers of Alberta Showcase