EffiStruc = Efficient Structural Design & Engineering
Completed in September, 2011, with a retail and office floor area of over 10,000 sq.ft., this commercial building was designed to take advantage of the abundant timber available in the Kootenays. Built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver standards, highlights include: hybrid structure consisting of steel beams and columns with wood framed floors, roof and walls, demonstration green (living) roof on the front canopy, and recycled & regional material sourcing.
Completed in August, 2010, the Christina Living Arts Centre is located in the heart of the Christina Lake community. The Centre, a grassroots effort stemming from a ten year process, created a much-needed community centre for the region. It acts as a tourist attraction and education facility that showcases the region's vibrant arts and cultural life, as well as its commitment to environmental sustainability. This building boasts high performance green construction standards and earth-friendly materials.
Baldface Lodge is a high-alpine cat-skiing facility (elevation 2,050 m) near Nelson, BC, which offers clients 32,000 acres of backcountry snowboarding and skiing opportunities. A new dormitory building was constructed during the summer of 2011 to complement their existing operations. Designed to withstand extremely high snow loads and wind loads, the structure consists of a hybrid design which incorporates a steel roof structure and a wood floor structure. Wood and timber structures were utilized wherever possible to take advantage of local materials and local skilled labour.