A complete interior and exterior redevelopment of an existing, 18-storey commercial development into a Class-AAA office building, HSBC Place sets a new standard for the revitalization of office buildings. Targeting both LEED and WELL Gold, the existing building will be completely transformed, introducing a triple-glazed curtain wall system, floor-to-ceiling windows on every level, and a new two-storey lobby. Forward-thinking finishing touches, such as gender neutral washrooms, are a testament to the vision of the development team and the primary tenant. Our team is providing the mechanical, electrical, communications, security, and intelligent integrated systems (IIS) design. Guided by our in-house IIS team, HSBC Place is targeting Wired Score certification.
The scope necessitates the replacement of every mechanical and electrical system with new, energy efficient technologies. Extensive clash detection is required in order to raise the ceilings from 8 to 9 feet - a change which will showcase the floor-to-ceiling windows, allow for overhead heating (to accommodate efficient new features), and result in additional leasable space on every floor. Magnetic bearing chillers with induced draft cooling towers and variable primary chilled water distribution will replace the existing chilled water plant, and the new boiler system is a variable primary high efficiency condensing plant. Utilizing a dedicated outdoor air system, make-up air units with enthalpy recovery wheels will provide exhaust air energy recovery, with interior / perimeter zones served by non-condensing fan coil units. Perimeter diffusers will use switchover technology to heat the triple-glazed windows in the winter. The dedicated outdoor air system is introduced at each zone, using CO2 sensors to adjust fresh air.
The existing electrical system will also be completely replaced, including new lighting and lighting control design, new switchgear and power distribution systems, and additional communication pathways. Utilizing Power Over Ethernet (POE) cabling, the BAS system design is IP based, and connects into a common communication backbone which connects the enhanced security, IT, and audio-visual systems. Metering applied to all major systems will provide building operators with the verifications they need to track energy usage.