EllisDon’s Bankers Court project achieves LEED Gold certification
CALGARY, AB — EllisDon's Bankers Court has received LEED Core and Shell Gold certification with the USGBC. EllisDon was the Construction Manager for the office tower, which was completed in July of 2009. The building achieved 38 LEED credits during the final review process, and Gold level certification was announced July 30th, 2009.
Bankers Court was the most recent addition to the Bankers Hall complex, located in the heart of Calgary’s business district. Bankers Court is the first LEED CS certified office tower in the city, at any level. This building is the third EllisDon building to receive LEED certification, with several more under construction pending certification at various levels.
"The project initially was targeting a Silver level certification", says Kim Rishel, EllisDon’s Manager of Sustainable Building Services for Western Canada, "but with the hard work of a great construction team and all parties involved we achieved a Gold certification."
The design of the building incorporated many "green" features that helped it attain LEED CS Gold certification. One of these is the triple glazed curtain wall that wraps the whole structure which, with a high proportion of vision panel glazing, permits ample natural light. Aside to contributing to the comfort of the occupants, the glazing also helps to reduce the environmental and economic impacts associated with excessive energy use. In addition to the glazing, the building has many other features including high efficiency chillers, condensing boilers, and low flow plumbing fixtures, all of which work towards it becoming a sustainable structure.
EllisDon’s partners on the project included the firm Cohos Evamy who acted as the LEED Consultant. In addition to this firm, the project also had consultants for mechanical (Emans Smith Anderson Engineering Ltd.), electrical (Mulvey+Banani) and commissioning (agent RSR Engineering Services Inc).
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