BC Hydro built a new Operations Facility in Campbell River. The project, completed in 2014, is approximately 28,000 sq.ft and includes on-site services and related site development work located at Quinsam Crossing, Campbell River, BC.
BC Hydro’s Campbell River Operations Facility
The $23 million project created and sustain about 60 jobs during the 18-month construction period.
The new 28,000 square foot building boasts sustainable building design. The exterior of the new building will be a hybrid of steel and wood.
BC Hydro, for its staff working power line side of business, moved into the new building in January 2015. They moved from the 40-year old Evergreen Road building that had significant issues, such as not being seismically sound because of soil liquefaction, no fire suppression system, the air quality in the vehicle bays is not sufficient, and the building was too small from operational growth over the last few decades. A number of options were considered with the best one being the move to a new location.
The Quinsam Crossing site is ideal for the office and light industrial land use, is clean from an environmental perspective, and it provides easy access to the highway for crews needing to respond to outages and emergencies. It provides a post-disaster field operations centre for BC Hydro that will remain functional following a seismic event.
Omicron, a Vancouver-based construction company, was awarded the contract for the construction of the building along with a few other BC Hydro buildings around the province.
The office is aligned to a LEED Gold Level. This is from the Canada Green Building Council’s LEED Canada Building Design and Construction 2009 standard. The design uses strategies to reduce the building’s energy and water use, improve indoor environments, minimize the project’s ecological impact on the site while reducing operating costs over the long-term. This includes the addition of energy and building envelope concepts such as:
- External shading on the west and south elevations designed to allow solar gain in winter and block solar gain in summer (May to September)
- Air heat exchange for heating / cooling
- Low pressure, 100% outdoor air displacement ventilation
- Hybrid (mixed natural/mechanical) ventilation with operable windows for natural ventilation and cooling
- High performance daylighting control
- Extended building component lifespan requirements, including 50 years for the structure and shell
- This building’s goal is to create a workplace that promotes employee satisfaction, safety, and productivity while increasing energy efficiency, sustainability and durability. BC Hydro worked closely with all of their staff groups to make sure they ended up with the right design.