06. September 2012

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Community Buildings

from Bill Chihata

I was very exciting to work on two special projects in Canada that are both located in Edmonton, Alberta, both targeting LEED® Silver certification and both incorporating Isokorb thermal breaks to reduce energy loss. Those two projects have very unique building structures that truly amaze me.The two projects are Jasper Place Library, and Meadows Community Recreation Centre. They continue to receive much deserved attention for their design teams focus on energy and sustainability, combined with usability for the community.

Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel said it well, “Recreation centres, libraries and parks are the community hubs where people come together to enrich their lives, minds and bodies, so building these facilities is really paramount to creating the more vibrant and inclusive city we see for Edmonton’s future.”*

These are two incredibly well designed buildings, providing a wealth of amenities to the community.

Here is the run down on these two projects:


Award Winning Jasper Place Library

The first building, Jasper Place Library, a 15,000 square feet library is unique to the 16 other branches of Edmonton Public Library system. Actually, I have never seen a library quite like this anywhere.

The Architects, Hughes Condon Marler Architects (Vancouver-based) and Dub Architects (Edmonton-based) partnered on this project, which won the 2011 International Architecture Award for Best New Global Design.

Jasper Place Library
Source: HCMA (http://hcma.ca/)

A Striking Design with Thermal Breaks

With a focus on sustainability, the project design teams resolved thermal bridging concerns by including concrete structural thermal breaks throughout the roof. Isokorb type CM was used throughout the roof, in the concrete overhang.  The roof slopes are visually creative, as well as useful to shed water and melting snow by way of the peaks and troughs. The concrete structure will be insulated and clad with a metal roofing system, and exposed to the interior space, thus the need for Isokorb structurally insulated connections.

Installation of Isokorb at Jasper Place Library.
Installation of Isokorb at Jasper Place Library.

The entire community is excited about this new facility. I also look forward to visiting at completion.

Architects: Hughes Condon Marler Architects / Dub Architects,

Structural Engineer: Fast + Epp

Construction Company: Stuart Olson Dominion Construction Ltd

Read more about the Jasper Place Library.

See More Flicker Images of the job site


Meadows Multi-Purpose Recreation Centre

The other building which is going for Silver in Edmonton is Meadows Community Recreation Centre & Edmonton Public Library, where again sustainability and energy efficiency were a central focus to the design.

Meadows Rendering of South Entry Source: City of Edmonton
Meadows Rendering of South Entry
Source: City of Edmonton

This multi-purpose facility, with 234,419 square feet, of year-round recreational and cultural activities, includes an indoor skating arenas, swimming pools, fitness centre and gymnasium, as well as outdoor sports and recreation fields.

I worked with the design team to include Isokorb thermal break for the steel beam using the S22-type, Concrete to steel using the KS-type and finally the concrete to concrete CM-type.  This is a good example of using various Isokorb solutions for this unique design of the community centre.

Architects: Group2 Architecture Engineering Ltd. &  Shore Tilbe Perkins + Will

Structural Engineering: Group2 Architecture Engineering Ltd. & Halcrow Yolles

To read more about this project,  visit Archdaily’s write up.


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