Red River College Princess Street Campus,
Canadian Entry in the International Green Building
RAIC 2006 Sustainability Award
A CANMET C-2000/CBIP Project
This 220,000 square-foot redevelopment is a state-of-the-art
business, multimedia and information technology learning
centre. It is also one of the highest-scoring projects
that Canada has ever put forward in the rigorous Green
Building Challenge process, a prestigious international
event held every two years and involving 24 countries
For the 2002 Canadian submissions, the national committee
selected three projects from 20 applicants –
Red River College was one of these (another of our
projects, the Mayo School, was also selected). These
projects were then evaluated under GBTool as part
of the Challenge, and both of our entries scored high
compared to previous Canadian Challenge projects.
Red River College was completed before the advent
of LEED® in Canada. The environmental performance
of this project would put it at the level of LEED
Gold or Platinum.
At the time, the C-2000 Program for Advanced Commercial
Buildings was Canada’s premier building environmental
performance standard. Red River was, by far, the largest
and most complex C-2000 project ever constructed and
certified. The C-2000 framework and performance criteria
were designed for office buildings. One of our challenges
was to adapt these for Red River, which we were allowed
to do by the program authorities due to our extensive
C-2000 experience and sustainable design knowledge.
The project met or exceeded all required performance
criteria, including 45% energy savings relative to
the C-2000/CBIP Reference.
Another key accomplishment was meeting all project
objectives, including budget, within a fast-track
project management model.
The project involved new construction, renovation
of existing construction, and historic preservation,
while maintaining a strong commitment to sustainable
design. One of the keys to bringing these factors
together was careful deconstruction and material recovery
from the existing structures, as well as preservation
and rehabilitation of important historical facades.
This was the largest Canadian project to date involving
extensive material re-use. This was complemented with
judicious and minimalist use of material throughout.
Other notable characteristics of the project include
highly flexible HVAC and lighting systems to accommodate
variable occupancy. The HVAC system provides superior
occupant comfort as well as exceptional energy performance.
HVAC efficiency is accomplished by compartmentalization
of space conditioning and ventilation, with demands
met on an area-specific independent basis. Ventilation
is CO2 controlled and represents the first successful
large-scale use of this strategy in Canada. A condensing
boiler plant, high efficiency chiller, and unique
chilled water distribution round out the system.
The project also has a 34 kW building-integrated
photovoltaic system – the largest of its kind
at the time of installation.
We provided design facilitation and conceptual engineering,
addressing all aspects of energy, environmental and
functional performance of the architectural and building
Corbett Cibinel Architects
Photos (top): Gerry Kopelow
Photos (bottom): Gord Shymko