The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Detachment Facility is a replacement facility providing Protective Services for the City of Prince George. The facility was built to reflect one of the City’s broader goals to create public facility design that enhances revitalization efforts in the downtown core, as well expressing the forest industry’s importance to the City through a strong and visually interesting display of wood in the fabric of the building.
While the facility functionally integrates both Community Policing and Victim Services and Core Protective Services, a ‘welcoming’ public atmosphere and character help to weave the RCMP presence into the broader community fabric. The prominent arched front public elevation, with tree-like columns and trellis structures frame the urban plaza. The facility includes both an Emergency Operation Centre and a Detention Wing. Constructed directly behind the DNA themed detention wall glazing is Alberta Research Council’s new direct heat storage system using Phase Change Material technology.
This facility certified LEED® Gold and features cooling from an underground aquifer; heating from a public district energy plant which will use mill lumber waste; re-use of recycled wood from an existing site building; an exterior living wall for reducing solar gain and; an interior living wall for air purification with dual solar chimneys to ventilate the central atrium.
H.S. Grenda Middle School accommodates 600 students for the District of Lake Country. The modern three-storey middle school consists of open Learning Studios complete with overhead operational doors which connect to adjacent outside spaces creating a multi-user learning studio.
The construction of the school took place while the existing Westbrook School (built in 1953) was in use for an entire school year. The contract included abatement and demolition of the existing school which was undertaken during the summer break.
Maple Reinders was contracted to Design-Bid-Build a 35,000 SF curvilinear building, which included operable windows, a raised access floor with personal air control devices, flow-through air pattern circulation; as well as warm and inviting interior finishes to add to the level of human comfort for occupants.
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