Eastgate Offices for Environment Canada issued the Manasc Isaac team a steep challenge: design a building that sustains the vast amount of Environment Canada’s weather forecasting equipment and electronics, while meeting LEED® Gold standards. This was a tall order given the vagaries of Edmonton’s climate!
Boasting the largest array of solar panels in Western Canada, Eastgate is a sustainable and beautiful office building that doubles as a 24/7, mission-critical facility. Its visually striking design is apparent not only from the street but inside the structure, where a dramatic spiral staircase entices occupants to choose stairs over elevators, and angled columns suggest an interior forest.
Eastgate achieved LEED® Gold certification in Fall 2016.
Scope: New Construction
Size (m2): 8,675
Awards: Alberta’s Top Construction Projects – Commercial Design (2013)
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
The judges were most impressed by the project's combination of great design and sustainable building practices. Anyone passing by the Eastgate Offices will notice the bright splashes of orange, purple and green marking the exterior facade. What they don't realize is that the building's interior is solid gold —LEED Gold, that is. The project uses high-performance mechanical and electrical building systems, and successfully recycled or otherwise diverted 87 per cent of materials from landfills. The building also sports a 152-kilowatt solar power system, consisting of 640 photovoltaic panels. — Alberta Construction Magazine, Top Projects 2013