After nearly forty years of operation, the St. John’s Ambulance of Edmonton had outgrown its space. The group’s important mission of maintaining safety in the community and helping individuals to build essential life-saving skills required a comfortable and efficient space that expresses their reputation for reliability, service, and strength of character.
A building that is “more than a building, and more of an experience”; this is the board’s mandate for the new Edmonton headquarters. The building supports experiential learning and community engagement and outreach. Our intention in the design is to express the organization’s uninterrupted commitment to the dissemination of knowledge and to serve as a living project example that promotes a healthy and environmentally sensitive approach to design, construction, working and living.
LEADING SUSTAINABILITY IN ALBERTA
This was the first building to achieve LEED® Silver designation in Edmonton. Our team integrated thoughtful and innovative design elements that propels the building to the forefront of sustainable design. The building’s three-storey high-performance curtainwall atrium maximizes the stack effect for passive heating and allows for natural daylight to flood the interior space, which reduces the need for heating and lighting interventions. Water consumption is mitigated by a storm water management system which minimizes storm water runoff as well as high-efficiency fixtures which conserve water and energy.
- Venice Biennale in Architecture, selected as part of the 41° to 66° - Architecture in Canada: Region, Culture, Tectonics project, 2008
- Canada Green Building Council, LEED® Silver, Edmonton’s first LEED® Silver certified building, 2005
- Organization for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) - Program on Educational Buildings, Award for Exemplary Educational Facility, 2005
- 41° to 66° - Architecture in Canada: Region, Culture, Tectonics, Juried Competition, 2005