Location | Vancouver, British Columbia
Sector | Property
Market | Residential
Project Delivery Method: Mechanical Systems Design
Discipline | Mechanical
Photo Credit | Ramsay Worden Architects
Central is a new six-storey residential wood frame rental building located at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Central will consist of 90 rental units on the top five-storeys with commercial retail space on the ground level targeting food and beverage tenants, all built over an underground non-combustible parking garage. Upon completion the building will be applying for Residential Environmental Assessment Program (REAP) Gold Certification. Developed by UBC, REAP is a basis for mandating and measuring sustainable building practices and integrating these practices into the community planning and development approval processes for UBC’s Neighborhood Housing Areas. The advantage of REAP is to ensure that multi-family residential projects built in UBC’s Neighborhood Housing Areas are of higher quality, have lower environmental impacts and benefit individual consumers and the UBC community in general.
Williams Engineering Canada (WEC) provided mechanical schematic design, design development, building permit and construction documents for University Boulevard Site B. The building heating systems are provided by the UBC District Energy Plant (DES). The heating for all residential units is provided through a radiant floor system. Domestic hot water is provided by a storage tank generation system with domestic hot water re-circulation to ensure hot water is provided at all plumbing fixtures. Suite and corridor ventilation is provided by a heat recovery make up air unit located on the roof with a heat recovery wheel and heating water coil to temper the air. Plumbing is designed for all residential fixtures, roof and site drainage requirements. Heating and air condition is provided to the level one commercial space by split DX heat pumps and fan coils. The ventilation air is provided by louvers around the perimeter of each commercial retail units (CRU) space for future connection. Each CRU space is provided with NFPA 96 exhaust duct work capped for future use for commercial kitchen applications. Plumbing rough-in services are designed for the commercial retail spaces for the future connection by tenants. The performance specification sprinkler system is designed to meet NFPA-13 requirements to ensure tenants safety.
Construction of Central at UBC was completed in May 2017. In addition to the building targeting REAP Gold Certification through innovative design, the rental units are a welcomed addition to UBC’s campus, providing students and faculty with a housing alternative that is central to on campus activities without being classified as student housing. This is one of many UBC residential housing facilities WEC has had the opportunity to provide services for and is excited to work on projects leading the industry in sustainable design.