MMM Wins Two SAB Magazine Awards

UniverCity Building

MMM Group projects recently took home two 2013 Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine awards. UniverCity Childcare and Nova Scotia Power Headquarters were among the eight projects selected by an elite team of judges as prime examples of Canadian sustainable design.

UniverCity ChildCareThe UniverCity Childcare is located at the heart of Simon Fraser University’s high-density, sustainable community of UniverCity in Burnaby, BC. In addition to providing space for nine staff and 50 children, the facility is also a living lab to observe and conduct first-hand study of early childhood education. This project is the first of its kind in the world to integrate the Living Building Challenge with an aim towards achieving Net Zero energy and water use. MMM Group provided electrical engineering services – which included everything from daylighting analysis to occupant comfort lighting design to the provision of all electrical needs. The jury noted that the facility is “notable for its modesty, but at the same time is warm and inviting in its materiality and use of natural daylight. The interiors are beautiful, the surrounding landscaping makes for an appealing playspace, and the performance numbers for energy and water are particularly impressive.”

Nova Scotia Power, Atlantic Canada’s first LEED Canada Platinum certified building, is a once derelict coal power plant turned into modern office space for 600 people. The mechanical system includes heat pumps that use the harbour water to heat and cool the building, a rainwater cistern for wastewater conveyance, and chilled beams. MMM provided LEED services for this facility. The jury’s comments included: “These broad ambitions were reinforced with impressive energy performance, good use of natural light and an innovative envelope upgrade.”