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FortWhyte Alive Buffalo Crossing Visitor Centre

A mass timber structure, high performance envelope, and low carbon design combine to create a new sustainable building exemplar.

  • 60

    kWh/m2 EUI

  • 0.07

    kgCO2/m2 GHGI

  • 0.41

    m3/m2 WUI

  • Winnipeg, Manitoba

    Winnipeg, Manitoba

Inspiring action toward sustainable living

With a mandate to promote awareness of the natural world and to inspire action toward sustainable living, Buffalo Crossing (BX) will serve as a gateway to FortWhyte Alive’s extensive trail network in southwest Winnipeg. Designed to facilitate year-round programming, environmental education, and outdoor living opportunities, BX will advance FortWhyte Alive’s mission via a new low carbon, mass timber visitor centre, outdoor learning spaces with access to water activities, and a floating walkway. 

Warm, transparent, and welcoming for people of all abilities, ages, genders, races, religions, and ethnicities, BX will attract new visitors through meaningful design—a new living exhibit of environmental stewardship. Using Passive House standards, BX demonstrates leadership and commitment to climate responsive design, educating visitors about sustainable construction. BX will be Manitoba’s first commercial building to achieve Passive House Certification. It is also design certified under the CAGBC Zero Carbon Building standard.  

Stantec’s integrated design team of architects, engineers, and climate services specialists developed the triangular geometry, compact shape, and orientation for this project. This simultaneously facilitates significant transparency while substantially reducing energy consumption by controlling solar radiation within the extreme Manitoba environment where climate conditions range from -40° C and 0% relative humidity to +40° C and 100% relative humidity.

BX received the 2023 Design Award (Unbuilt category) from the Passive House Network, won the Metropolis Planet Positive Award (Unbuilt project), and was shortlisted for the 2023 World Architecture Festival and World Architecture News Award.

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