Creating highly efficient, scalable designs suitable for the rigors of challenging coastal marine environments
Reliable and durable equipment is an absolute must for the Canadian Coast Guard, including the structures housing two Search and Rescue (SAR) Stations on the rugged Newfoundland coast. Designing high-performance buildings to withstand coastal climates is challenging. However, with our innovative architectural and engineering design, these stations are examples of what’s possible.
Designed as prototypes for the Government of Canada under its Oceans Protection Plan, each SAR station includes a LEED-registered two-story timber-framed operations building with crew accommodations, a garage with workshop space for the station’s fast rescue craft, a wharf, and a slipway. The buildings feature high-performance envelopes and energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems. The orientation of the main operations building leverages natural daylight opportunities, and passive ventilation is used along with light roof coverings to decrease dependence on active cooling. The SAR stations include some of the first grid-tied net metering systems in the province and generate 15kW of solar power on-site. The LEED certification process is underway for both SAR stations and is tracking to exceed our client’s mandate to achieve LEED-Silver certification.
As the prime consultant, our multidisciplinary design team was involved from pre-design through to construction documents, tendering support, and contract administration. Construction was phased over two fully-coordinated contract packages—one for rough grading/wharf/marine—and the other for the buildings and site development. We’re proud to have played a role in keeping Canada’s Coast Guard ready to respond to marine emergencies.
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