GO Transit retained S+A to conduct a Facility and Energy Efficiency Audit of the existing Hamilton GO Centre facility. The facility is designated under the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act and includes a train station as well as a bus terminal, which is shared between GO Transit, Hamilton Transit, Greyhound, and Coach Canada. The facility consists of train and bus platforms, elevators, stairs, tunnels and bridges, with the station building also including a six-storey office tower. Smith + Andersen reviewed the existing facility in the context of code compliance, compliance with GO Transit's Design Requirements Manual (DRM) and physical condition, and provided recommendations for prioritized repairs and modifications.
Smith + Andersen reviewed the existing facility in the context of code compliance, compliance with GO Transit's Design Requirements Manual (DRM), and physical condition and provided recommendations for prioritized repairs and modifications. Smith + Andersen Footprint provided sustainability consulting for the project and completed the Energy Efficiency Audit which identified cost effective opportunities for reducing energy consumption and maintenance. Smith + Andersen has since been engaged to participate in a Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA) and to design exterior lighting upgrades for the facility. The audit began in 2013 and was completed in 2014. The rehabilitation started in 2015 and is currently on-going.
Footprint performed a Level 2 ASHRAE Energy Audit based on the current facility operation and two years of utility data. The energy report included a breakdown of annual energy use and cost, identify and provide cost savings analysis of proposed energy conservation measure that meet the project economic criteria, and identify future capital intensive measures which require further data collection and analysis.
As part of the electrical facility audit, S+A surveyed the facility's power distribution system including the utility service, the emergency standby generator, the automatic transfer switch, the uninterruptible power supply (UPS), the motor control centres, and transformation. S+A also reviewed the lighting and associated lighting control systems (including illumination levels) and the fire alarm system. The findings and recommendations resulting from the audit were compiled in a multi-disciplinary summary spreadsheet, with key items being incorporated into a separate report and presented to the Metrolinx stakeholders to answer questions. S+A worked closely with a cost consultant to provide costs associated with recommendations.