This student residence includes 145 units, multiple gathering spaces, a reception desk, a communal kitchen, laundry facilities, washrooms, study rooms, and lounges. As sustainability was a significant focus of the design, the entire east, south, and west faces of the building are clad with photovoltaic panels.
Smith + Andersen was engaged as the mechanical design consultant. The building was completed through an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach, and features a heavy timber structure.
Our mechanical team coordinated with both the architect and the structure contractor to accommodate the exposed wood of this heavy timber building. The mechanical design took a vertical systems approach, with piping and servicing coordinated through shafts or pipe chases in order to avoid obstructing the wood with horizontal systems. Additionally, the mechanical design included a four pipe fan coil unit system with dedicated outdoor air ventilation and a condensing hot water heating system.
Design by Manasc Isaac Architects.
Rendering courtesy of Manasc Isaac Architects.