This LEED® Silver certified project pays tribute to Lois Hole, the 15th Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta.
With three of four orientations clad in solar panels, this building is designed for a very sustainable future of renewable energy.
With many finishes, facade, and structure constructed of pine-beetle-kill wood, this building captures and stores about 600 tonnes of CO₂ greenhouse gases; more than the total required for construction.
The natural visuals of the Glulam material allowed for a completely exposed structure, connecting it to nature. Construction of this project required a post and beam system.
Minowaadiziiwin (which means “to lead a good life”) is reflected in the facility’s programs, as well as its design and architecture. The use of glue laminate timbers in the construction creates a connection to nature and honours the importance of sustainability.
Spruce Pine Glulam beams help create clerestories and tall window walls, allowing as much natural light into the building as possible, and blending it seamlessly into the surrounding forest canopy.
Glulam beams curving towards the sky were used to increase and enhance the natural light in classrooms and administration areas as well as natural ventilation.