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Meet the World’s First Double LEED Platinum Certified Convention Centre

 

Capitalizing on its iconic status, the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) is an economic driver for the City of Vancouver. The VCC hosts more than 500 events per year in a prime downtown location, right on the water's edge. In 2010, the West building received its first LEED Platinum certification for its design and construction. Refusing to rest on its laurels, the sustainability project team went on to carry out an initial feasibility study, followed by continuous analyses of the building operations and maintenance practices from 2014 onward. 

On October 10, the VCC West received an unprecedented honour from the Canada and US Green Building Councils (CaGBC and USGBC, respectively) in recognition of excellence in the area of sustainable development. During a ceremony attended by various WSP members, the building was granted LEED v4 Platinum certification for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance. The VCC is the first convention centre to be awarded double LEED Platinum certification and is the first existing building project in Canada to be certified v4 Platinum. 

This is a stunning achievement for the Buildings team in Vancouver, which worked for more than four years with this goal in mind. WSP’s Helen Brennek, who worked on the project for WSP,  offers this assessment: "This project goes a long way to show that we continue to be leaders in greening existing buildings and that we help our clients push the envelope on sustainability. Being the sustainability consultant for the first LEED Platinum existing building in Canada to certify under v4 is a great indication of where our team stands nationally within our industry."


From left to right: Dan Lee, Director, Facilities Management, Vancouver Convention Centre; Kavita McDaniel, PavCo; Helen Brennek, WSP; Ken Cretney, President & CEO, PavCo; Craig Lehto, General Manager, Vancouver Convention Centre; Tony Munster, Senior Manager, Facilities Operations and Engineering, Vancouver Convention Centre; Daniel Ugalde, formerly WSP; Mandy Gale, Sustainability Coordinator, Vancouver Convention Centre; Maeri Machado, WSP Director of the S&E team in BC.

 

About the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) 

The CaGBC awards development certifications aimed at encouraging sustainability excellence throughout Canada.