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The Stantec-designed Kamloops Centre for Water Quality in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada, has achieved a Gold LEED rating. This is the first water treatment plant in Canada to earn this distinction.
Officially opened in February 2005, the Centre is currently one of the largest membrane filtration water treatment plants in North America and supplies drinking water to over 80,000 Kamloops residents. The facility is capable of producing up to 160 million liters of water per day.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system recognizes facilities that meet established criteria for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance “green” buildings. Originally targeting a Silver rating, the plant achieved Gold through such sustainable solutions as recycling and treating process wastewater, recovering heat from process equipment, implementing a green roof, screening to reduce heat gain, installing natural ventilation systems and low water use plumbing fixtures, using low volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and reusing reject water for site and City park irrigation. The building is designed to perform 66 percent more efficiently than a Model National Energy Building Code comparable reference building.
The design of the plant and its sustainable systems was led by Stantec and Urban Systems. Electrical engineering firm LR Pearson also participated.
The plant has also received the 2005 Public Works Project of the Year honor from the British Columbia Public Works Association, the 2004 Consulting Engineers of British Columbia, Award of Merit, and an Award of Excellence in 2006 from Consulting Engineers of Canada.