University Campus Energy Centre a wood design winner for DIALOG

By District Energy posted 05-31-2019 00:00

  

Peter Caulfield, Journal of Commerce

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DIALOG has won a 2019 Wood Design Award from Wood WORKS! BC in the Institutional Wood Design – Large category.

The Vancouver-based design company won for its Campus Energy Centre (CEC), a LEED Gold-certified hot water boiler facility that provides for the heating requirements of the University of British Columbia.

“Industrial architecture is an unrecognized category of the profession, so we’re pleased and proud the building has been honoured,” said DIALOG principal Martin Nielsen.

Unlike earlier generations of industrial buildings, the CEC features large windows that enable passersby to look inside the structure and examine the working parts of the energy centre.

“We’re grateful UBC took a chance on our modern design,” said Nielsen. “The energy centre is in a high-profile part of campus where there is much foot traffic and therefore the building is very visible.”

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