VanDusen Botanical Gardens Visitor Centre
Vancouver Park Board
Vancouver, British Columbia
Opened in October of 2011, the $19 million VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre was designed to reflect a balance between architecture, landscape, and constructability. Featuring an undulating green roof resembling an orchid, the building is targeting LEED® Platinum certification and Living Building status. A certified Living Building must be net-zero energy, net-zero water, non-toxic, reduce its embodied carbon footprint with carbon offsets and recycle 80 to 100 percent of construction waste generated.
Ledcor’s goal from the outset was to construct the most sustainable building possible given the constraints of current technology. The building features a number of energy efficient and sustainable design elements such as a green-roof, geothermal heating, solar panels, water capture system, and organic water purification system. The facility plans to achieve net-zero water consumption, net-zero energy consumption, and carbon neutral status.