Terri Meyer Boake B.E.S. B.Arch. M.Arch.
Associate Professor School of Architecture University of Waterloo

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B.C. Gas
(now Terasen Gas)

Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership

Surrey, British Columbia

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Project Information:
The BC Gas Coastal Facilities Operations Centre opened in December 2000, demonstrating the company's commitment to environmental protection and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
A 1,600 square metre four-storey office building located in Surrey, British Columbia. This reinforced concrete structure was designed to meet a broad range of environmental goals, including the use of recycled materials and EcoSmart concrete. The building includes one level of underground parking and features four interior atria along a central circulation axis.
The BC Gas building comprises 7,900 square metres of concrete, much of it exposed, both inside and out. The EcoSmart concrete mix used 818 metric tonnes of fly ash, replacing approximately 40% of the cement.
The concrete manufactured for the BC Gas building avoided approximately 30% less CO2 emissions than a conventional, all-cement concrete mix.

For more information on EcoSmart concrete, visit www.ecosmart.ca

The building facades respond differently to the various orientations. Louvred shading is used for the entire south facade. No shading is used on the north. The north facade is curtain wall with operable windows. Both east and west facades use a glazed shading device that sits out from the building. View is maintained throught this device, but much solar gain is deflected due to the angle of placement.

more information from Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership report (11KB pdf)

Owner: BC Gas, Surrey, BC
Architect: Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership, Vancouver BC
Structural Engineer: Read Jones Christoffersen, Van., BC
Materials Engineer: Levelton Engineering Ltd., Richmond, BC
Contractor: The Dominion Company Ltd. , Vancouver. BC
Concrete Supplier: Lafarge Canada Inc., Richmond, BC

North facade.
Detail of north facade at east facing portion of building. Note exterior glazed shading devices.

Glazing detail with oblique shading devices.
Partial east side elevation.

Louvred south facade.
Detail of drainage path along south facade that collects storm water.
Looking up through the louvres on the south facade.
South west facing courtyard --- side profile view of window shades.
View of south west portion of facade.
Water collection ponds and marsh at north side of building to control storm water on site.
Main entrance canopy on north facade.
Views up and down one of the courtyard spaces.
Top floor at courtyard. Note that the north facing portion of the skylight uses clear glazing, whereas the south facing portion is opaque to cut down on unwanted solar gain.
View of light shelf on interior of south facade.

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last updated August 26, 2005