Canadian Varsity in Line for Green Award

8 March 2010 (Last Updated March 8th, 2010 18:30)

A new science complex and the Richardson College for the Environment at the University of Winnipeg, Canada, is expected to achieve the LEED gold certification upon completion. The C$66.5m building is expected to be complete by March 2010 and is touted as the most energy-efficient labo

A new science complex and the Richardson College for the Environment at the University of Winnipeg, Canada, is expected to achieve the LEED gold certification upon completion.

The C$66.5m building is expected to be complete by March 2010 and is touted as the most energy-efficient laboratory building in North America, according to journalofcommerce.com.

The 160,000ft², four-storey green laboratory building is the third and last building in a construction project featuring a C$18m student residence and a C$2.5m day-care centre.

The University of Winnipeg Community Renewal Corporation is delivering the project. Man-Shield Group of Companies is overseeing the construction and Integrated Designs of Saskatoon is in charge of LEED commissioning.

Pouring of concrete in the basement and interior infrastructure work has begun along with exterior cladding work, which will be complete in June.

Interior finishing works on other levels are expected to begin soon. Integrated Designs will use an integrated project delivery process to achieve at least 65% less energy use than usual.