Mount Pleasant Centre
City of Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Square Footage: 136,000
LEED-BC Gold Certified
Located at 8th and Kingsway in Vancouver, this unique facility has become the catalyst for urban renewal at the center of the Mount Pleasant neighborhood. Its central location, multitude of uses and proximity to transportation make it an ideal community facility accessible for all individuals. The 136,000 square foot (12,591 SM) facility houses a community center, library, childcare center, retail and parking in addition to 98 residential units.
Ideally situated among a hub of public transportation, Mount Pleasant Centre speaks to sustainability through the building form and function linked closely to the community. The building uses solar shading and daylight controls to reduce solar heat gain while maximizing natural daylighting. Integrated underground "earth tube" air intake combined with a geoexchange system provide natural heating and cooling for the building and reduces its energy consumption by 57 percent compared to a similar building built to the Canadian Model National Energy Code. Green roofs minimize water runoff while mitigating the urban heat island effect. Portions of the green roof are adjacent to the childcare center where a playground allows for learning and physical activity. The landscape is irrigated with water that is captured on site and stored in a purpose-built cistern. Lastly, to ensure the best use of materials the building underwent a Life Cycle Assessment to inform the design and selection of construction materials.