The Shipshaw Multi-Service Centre is a meeting place for the people of Saguenay, Quebec. The resulting multi-functional building, with an area of 3000 m2, required the demolition of the old building, followed by the complete rebuild of the new building and its landscaping. The demolition was included in the mandate (in addition to electrical, mechanical and structural) design of civil engineering and infrastructure (parking). Although the building is not LEED certified, but it meets all building standards.
In this project, merging a light-framed wooden structure with posts and beams of laminated wood, we had to work closely with the architect in order to ensure the spirit of the building would be respected. For example, the visually-impacting NAD ventilation ducts were selected to meet the architectural concept. An air station was installed to ventilate the building completely. Lighting is primarily LED (Light Emitting Diode).
An energy-saving study was carried out with the goal of optimizing systems and as a result, a centralized control system was put in place to manage the lighting and HVAC systems. Brightness sensors were installed in the centrepieces to take advantage of the natural daylight and to help reduce the building’s operating costs.
Complexity, Features and Constraints:
- Near other amenities (hotel, skating rink, park, etc.)
- Continuity of service was maintained in the existing infrastructure for the duration of the work
- The quality of soil and materials were considered in the building construction area
- Note was taken of the current operations and equipment in the construction area