Company News Round-Up: exp, WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff, Halsall
Two Canadian teams are among the nine winners of the just-announced ASHRAE Technology Awards. The awards were given at the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago on January 24. One winning project was by Kateri Heon and Pietro Guerra of exp, Montreal. They won in the existing other institutional buildings category for the Centre Civique de Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec.
Another winner was Art Sutherland, president of Accent Refrigeration Systems, Victoria, B.C. The project was the Westhills Recreation Centre in Langford, which won in the new public assembly category. The winners are selected from regional awards.
WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff, the combined company, has won an $11.5-million three-year extension to its contract for the design of a new LRT system for the Regional Municipality of Waterloo in southern Ontario. The first phase of the $818-million project consists of a 36-km corridor with a 19-km LRT system called ION. It links Kitchener and Waterloo and Cambridge.
Halsall Associates (also part of WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff) were the green building specialist for Purdy’s Wharf in Halifax, Nova Scotia, which just received the first LEED certification in Atlantic Canada for Existing Buildings, Operations & Maintenance (LEED EB: O&M) for a commercial building. Halsall supported GWL Realty Advisors with LEED-EB implementation, retro-commissioning and outdoor air analysis on the 694,00-square foot complex of three buildings on the waterfront. As a result the commercial building consumes 34% less energy than a comparative Energy Star building and uses no drinking water for irrigation. The Canada Green Building Council gave it Gold certification on December 1, 2014.