Designed by James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc. and Abbarch Architecture Inc.
Photos by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography
The Pacific Centre redevelopment project turned a downtown Vancouver landmark (circa 1972) into a mixed-use building featuring four floors of AAA office space and four floors of retail area, including the anchor tenant, Nordstrom. The building includes two new courtyards, an extension of the highly successful existing Pacific Centre mall, and a rooftop amenity space overlooking Robson Square, the Vancouver Law Courts, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
The project included the replacement of the existing mechanical system, bringing the 40-year-old building up to current codes and standards. The new design included new systems for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and plumbing. The building's new central energy plant consists of steam-to-water heat exchangers supplied from Creative Energy's district utility energy distribution system (serving downtown Vancouver), and a heat recovery cooling plant. The central energy plant takes advantage of the building's heat exchange synergies between various complementary occupancies to recover energy from systems, such as the retail mall air conditioning and office computer rooms. Low temperature heating, enthalpy recovery, and free cooling demand ventilation control systems further reduce energy consumption and improve indoor air quality.
The Pacific Centre is equipped with three electrical services. Two existing services were replaced, and one service was refurbished to comply with current electrical codes. All existing distribution was replaced with new components, also designed to meet current codes. The design was done in tandem with architects to provide a functional lighting design while maintaining an appealing aesthetic and conforming to LEED Gold standards.
The redevelopment also included the addition of an integrated building network to support such systems as lighting control, metering, BAS, CCTV, etc. A Category 6 copper and fibre optic cabling infrastructure was designed to support the integrated building network.