Project: Eastgate Offices for Environment Canada
Cost: $28 million
Location: Edmonton, Alta.
Project Delivery method: Construction management
Contractor: Clark builders
Architect: Manasc isaac architects ltd.
Engineers: Fast + Epp (structural), Williams Engineering Canada inc. (mechanical), Manasc isaac architects ltd. (electrical), DGE Group inc. (other)
More than just another pretty facade
Sure, the Eastgate Offices for Environment Canada in Edmonton are visually appealing, but there's a lot more to the project than its eye-catching exterior. That's why it has been chosen as the Alberta Construction Magazine Top Projects Award winner for Design in the commercial category.
In constructing its 7,239 square metres of office and commercial space, the project took advantage of the latest technologies and practices, such as 3-D visualization software. Some elements of the building—such as the custom-made ornate staircase—were produced through a design-assist approach.
However, the judges were most impressed by the project's combination of great design and sustainable building practices. Anyone passing by the Eastgate Offices will notice the bright splashes of orange, purple and green marking the exterior facade. What they don't realize is that the building's interior is solid gold—LEED Gold, that is.
The project uses high-performance mechanical and electrical building systems, and successfully recycled or otherwise diverted 87 per cent of materials from landfills. The building also sports a 152-kilowatt solar power system, consisting of 640 photovoltaic panels.