New LEED school in North Vancouver goes wild

Posted by Rumin Mann
March 4th, 2011

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.

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