Sustainability in an urban setting is taken for granted today, but what happens when the LEED standard is applied to a wilderness setting?
The North Vancouver School District, McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd., and contractor D.G.S. Construction are doing just that as they construct a $5.8 million environmental learning centre in a 165 hectacre ecological reserve in the Cheakamus River Valley near Squamish, B.C.
The North Shore Credit Union (NSCU) Environmental Learning Centre, the first of a multi-phase $20 million development on site, is aiming for LEED Platinum certification, making it one of only a handful of schools to reach for the designation.
The centre sits in a flood plain, cars are restricted at the site, the location is next to the fish-bearing Cheakamus River and there’s no local water supply – all elements that make achieving LEED Platinum a feat.
The 10,000 square foot, composite steel, concrete and wood structure will house classrooms, seminar rooms, gallery space, dining and food preparation areas.