Innovation - Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia | Summer 2024
Mohammad Fakoor, PhD, P.Eng., CEA, CPHD, CEM, LEED® AP BD+C | Associate
Grant Newfield, MEng, P.Eng., Struct.Eng. | Principal

Innovation presents the annual Project Highlights edition showcasing projects by Engineers and Geoscientists BC registrants. This year’s highlights feature projects that exemplify environmental stewardship and collaboration with Indigenous communities.

Exemplifying equity-oriented, low-carbon design, the Vancouver Community College – Centre for Clean Energy and Automotive Innovation (VCC-CCEAI) will be a new building for training and experiential learning in electric/hybrid vehicles and clean energy. The design team, with Stantec and RJC playing pivotal roles, worked closely with Two Row Architect (Indigenous design collaborator) and the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations to integrate an aspirational theme of canoes on water: “let us paddle together.” It will stand as an 8-storey,

32,000-m2 building encased in a high-performance enclosure. More than a building, VCC-CCEAI will embody a spirit of progress. It will reduce carbon emissions thanks to innovative, electric HVAC systems (air-source-heat-pumps, dedicated outdoor-air-systems, and heat recovery) and it features mass timber in the atrium and Indigenous spaces. The project is targeting LEED-Gold and Rick Hansen Foundation Gold certifications.

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