Location | Vancouver, British Columbia
Sector | Property
Market | Residential
Project Delivery Method: Sub Consultant
Discipline | Mechanical
Located next to Pacific Spirit Park at the University of British Columbia (UBC), the Academy is a beautifully designed 18 storey, 156 unit high rise that is surrounded by seven, three-storey city townhomes. The complex boasts underground parking, an amenity space, lounge, lobby, and a fitness room. Academy is located in the heart of Wesbrook Village, surrounded by shopping, entertainment and a park full of bike and walking trails. Williams Engineering Canada (WEC) worked alongside DYS Architecture and the developer Polygon Homes to design the mechanical, plumbing and fire suppression systems for this modern high rise.
Designed for future compatibility with District Energy (DE), this fully air conditioned project utilizes vertical stacking water source heat pumps to generate the necessary heating and cooling for each suite. The system is comprised of an economic 2-pipe hydronic piping loop combined with a central fluid cooler and boilers to reject or inject heat to the system. Loop operating temperatures are controlled via direct digital controls. Fresh air ventilation to the suites is achieved by in-slab, insulated outdoor air ducts connected directly to the return inlet of each heat pump. Domestic hot water is generated from the boilers through plate-and-frame heat exchangers and storage tanks, which would also be adaptable for a future DE connection.
This innovative building is a welcomed addition to UBC’s skyline for both residents and students alike and is another example of WEC’s commitment to #greatengineering.