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Taking Pride in our Work

APRIL 29 | 2010 | 10:00 AM

Engineers have an ethical mandate to serve society. When we are fortunate enough to work on a project that has as many aspects of social wellbeing as the design of the new City of Edmonton Animal Care and Control Centre, we can take great pride in our work. The project mission is to provide humane conditions to house and treat stray and lost animals until they can be adopted or returned to their owners. The building also houses staff devoted to the operation of these services, as well as pet registration. The City of Edmonton also wanted to achieve a LEED Silver designation for sustainable building practices. The multi-use facility was an exciting challenge that is expected to achieve a 50% reduction in energy needs while increasing occupant comfort for animals and humans. You can read more about the project and track construction progress at this City of Edmonton website. This project uses geothermal heat pumps and ventilation heat recovery. You can view this project and others that use the same technologies on our Project Matrix. We also used a computer model of the building's energy use for optimizing the design of the heating and ventilation system. You can read more about computer simulation of buildings in this newsletter.

Vital Engineers worked closely with Chandos developers, Ross Architects, EIDOS Landscape Architects and the City of Edmonton to achieve an aesthetically pleasing structure that was also very energy efficient. Our experience in this kind of integrated design process has been critical to keeping design and construction costs in-line with the City's budget without sacrificing performance. One particular challenge was in the design of the storm water management system. The project team adopted a strategy of onsite storm water treatment. This meant that there would be no connection to city storm water culverts for half of the development, and an overall reduction in flow to downstream collection points. The result is that no onsite irrigation is required and soil erosion is mitigated. The use of natural storage and biological water treatment was a major component of the LEED Silver design. The final design used an infiltration basis, grassy swales, and sod and mulch infill.

We are encouraged to see alternative energy technologies and optimization of building energy use playing a significant role in new building construction. And we are proud to see these first steps towards sustainable design applied to a project that serves the social needs of our human and non-human neighbors. To learn about how Vital Engineering can bring value and sustainability to your new construction or retrofit project, contact us at our residential, commercial, or institutional department.