Following the flood that devastated southern Alberta in 2013, many essential services and infrastructure in the High River area required reconstruction. The High River Community Resource Centre was one such building.
The Centre is an integral community asset. The design is resilient and flexible without sacrificing comfort or aesthetics. In the case of future disasters or emergencies, the centre will continue to serve and support its community and its surrounding natural environment. The building successfully harmonizes functionality, efficiency, and sustainability. Integrating the needs of the Province of Alberta and the School Division, this multi-purpose community facility replaces previous buildings lost to the floods of 2013.
GREEN AND RESILIENT
The building achieved LEED® Gold for New Construction. Boasting an array of photovoltaic panels and a high-performance building envelope, the High River Community Centre saves an estimated 48% in energy costs and 36% in water use as compared to the model baseline. Sustainable technologies increases the resiliency of the Centre and the building is raised on a stilt-like parking structure with above-ground mechanical and electrical systems, to ensure continued operation in case of future flooding.