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Manitoba Hydro Place – Winnipeg, Canada

Posted in Built by Austin Allsup on December 1, 2017

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Manitoba Hydro Place

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Building: Manitoba Hydro Place
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Client: Manitoba Hydro
Design Architect: KPMB
Executive Architect: Smith Carter (currently Architecture49)
Energy/Climate Engineer: TransSolar
Contractor: PCL Constructors Canada
Completion: September, 2009
Size: 64,591 square meters
Cost: $278 Million

AE Interest: Manitoba Hydro Place was designed in a climate responsive architectural style to combat extreme environments. In a city where temperatures fluctuate from -31 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit every year, this building optimizes many uses of free energy, allowing a 66% better energy efficiency than required by the Manitoba National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB). 100% of the building is cooled and ventilated with operable windows, and 85% of the building is daylit. The site features an irrigation tank that collects condensation from the building for external use during periods of low precipitation. Open floor plans, modern work stations, high ceilings, and 100% fresh air ventilation maximize comfort while promoting productivity [a].


John and Frances Angelos Law Center – Baltimore, Maryland

Posted in Built by Austin Allsup on December 1, 2017

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Building: John and Frances Angelos Law Center
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Client: University of Baltimore
Architect: Behnisch Architekten
Architect of Record: Ayers/Saint/Gross
Completion: April 2013
Cost: $114.3 Million
Size: 192,000 square feet

AE Interest: The John and Frances Angelos Law Center’s design purpose is to utilize as much natural light as possible while also using natural resources. During construction, the project partners recycled at least 50% of construction materials. Native plants are incorporated with the building’s green roof, garden terraces, and sunken garden. The building contains a rainwater harvesting system that captures and repurposes runoff to reduce overall water use. During good weather, automated windows in classrooms, open spaces, and offices maximize ventilation of clean air. Non emergency lights automatically turn off after business hours. The Angelos Law Center received a LEED Platinum rating [a].


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