Whitehorse Operations Centre
In association with Kobayashi + Zedda Architects
RDHA’s first project in Canada’s north, this 8,900 sqm facility will achieve energy efficiency 80% better than the Model National Energy Code Building for this building type. It uses an insulated metal panel cladding system and capless triple glazing to achieve high effective insulating values, while concentrating glazed openings in those areas with the greatest solar exposure to encourage passive heating. The roof will feature the largest PV array in the north.
The building comprises an administrative wing and an operations wing, joined by a narrow zone that accommodates a lunch room and change facilities that are shared between the staff in the two areas. The plan parti was conceived to facilitate multiple future expansion scenarios, including additional office, workshop or vehicle storage bays.