Planning for a new Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) head office began in 2008 when it became clear that the company was outgrowing its existing premises. In January 2012, the City of Vancouver approved a rezoning proposal for the construction of a new 10,400 m2 (112,000 sq ft) LEED-certified head office facility in the False Creek Flats area, southeast of the city centre.
Completed in 2014, the building continues MEC’s commitment to a broad approach to sustainability, incorporating a number of environmentally-responsible, resource-conserving and socially-enlightened strategies, including the use of natural building materials such as mass timber as the primary structural element.
“We realized that wood could give the space the atmosphere the client wanted; at the same time being the most environmentally responsible choice.” – Hugh Cochlin, Principal Proscenium Architecture + Interiors Inc.
This building is integral to the City of Richmond’s strategy for an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy use by 2050 and to reduce reliance on non-renewable sources of energy.
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This facility showcases an example of hybrid construction in which glue-laminated beams and columns, cross-laminated timber panels, steel and concrete are combined for optimal structural performance, economy and visual effect.
Forest communities will see more jobs and opportunity from B.C.’s proactive adoption of building code changes that allow the safe construction of taller wood buildings.
The 2019 Wood Design Awards, hosted by Wood WORKS! BC, honours excellence in wood building and design.
Located in Surrey, B.C.’s fastest growing municipality, this facility with its dramatic suspended roof form is the first project to be completed on the ‘super block’ that is destined to become a regional campus of health, wellness and sports excellence.