This LEED® Gold, economical and architecturally outstanding visitor centre is home to researchers, administrative staff and volunteers for the Boreal Centre for Bird Conservation.

Slave Lake is a perfect location to study boreal birds on their breeding grounds, and the Boreal Centre offers a modern and well-equipped space to do this work!

The building’s environmental responsibility was a crucial consideration for both the client and the design team for this project. As a result, the building boasts reduced impact on the local environment and reduced operating costs. Appropriate for its remote location, the building functions largely off-grid and is not attached to any gas lines, and has no water or sewer access.

Its dramatic roof shape is not only evocative of a bird in flight, but its inverted shape also serves another purpose; it funnels rainwater into a basement cistern for treatment.

Scope: New Construction
Completion: 2005
Size (m2): 650
Awards: Consulting Engineers of Alberta – Award of Merit (2007), Canadian Wood Council – Alberta Wood Works! Award of Excellence (2006)
Location: Slave Lake, Alberta

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