Location
  • Vancouver, BC
Client
  • The University of British Columbia
Completion
2016
Size
  • 1,974 sq m
  • 21,248 sq ft
Sustainability
  • LEED® Gold certified
Collaborators
  • Applied Engineering Solutions Ltd.
  • BKL Consultants Ltd.
  • Fast + Epp
  • FVB Energy Inc.
  • Kerr Wood Leidal Associates
  • LMDG Building Code Consultants Ltd
  • Perry + Associates
DIALOG Services
  • Architecture
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The Campus Energy Centre (CEC) inhales massive amounts of air to feed the combustion process and exhales hot, humid exhaust, while supporting a pulsing circulatory system that feeds hot water to campus buildings. Comprised of a new high-efficiency hot water heating plant and district hot-water distribution loop, the CEC replaces an old boiler plant constructed in 1925. The new system serves over 130 buildings delivered through 14 km of underground insulated pipe. It houses all process equipment including three 15 MW boilers with capacity for phased expansion to a total output of 80 MW. Its design and placement on campus redefines district energy by making sustainable infrastructure visible to the campus community. DIALOG also provided energy modeling services on this project.
“The predominant use of mass timber and cross-laminated timber, in place of more typically carbon-intensive structural components, reinforces how a project can be exemplary in responding to local challenges.”
RAIC Jury - RAIC Award of Excellence response
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It Started With A Sketch

Formed by function The building's function shaped the space. Like a puzzle, the necessary mechanical programming is tactfully pieced together.
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The Design Story 01

Shifting the volume

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The Design Story 02

Applying the shroud

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The Design Story 03

Skin responds to input outputs

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The Design Story 04

Final form

Awards

2019 Institutional Wood Design - Large, WoodWORKS! BC

2018 Lieutenant Governor of British Colombia Award, Architectural Institute of British Colombia

2018 Canadian Green Building Award - Commercial/Industrial (Small) Award, SABMag

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