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    IDC Tour: Nova Scotia Power Corporate Headquarters (1 non-IDCEC hour - General)

    The Nova Scotia Power (NSP) Corporate Headquarters occupies a decommissioned generating plant in a prominent location in downtown Halifax. Constructed in phases during the 1940s and 1950s, it has significant frontage on the public boardwalk lining the western edge of Halifax harbour. The facility houses over 500 staff in approximately 18,000 gross square metres and provides parking for 150 cars. The new gross floor area is approximately 23,000 m² including office, atrium and amenity uses.

    The project is targeting LEED NC Platinum certification. As part of the LEED strategy, the building is the first major user of “chilled beam” technology in the east coast of Canada. The system utilizes sea water rather than air to transport cooling, thereby lowering energy consumption. Additional energy saving strategies include the provision of energy recovery on HVAC, variable speed drives, a tight building envelop, and daylight and occupancy sensors for lighting. The focus to achieving the highest standards of “green” initiatives is carried through to the selection of finishes and furniture.

    Structurally, the project uses an innovative construction strategy that involves the reuse of the existing steel structure and exterior concrete cladding where possible, in conjunction with the insertion of floors within the existing volume. Originally designed to support coal bins and turbines, the existing structure and foundations were determined to be robust enough to support the new floors. Elements such as the original steel structure in the interior, and chimney bases converted to skylights retain a memory of the original building and its former use. On the perimeter envelope, the design introduced cut openings, and “re-skinning”, into the existing concrete shell.

    The main public entrance of the building is on Lower Water Street, six metres above the boardwalk level, leading into a five-storey atrium connecting the neighbourhood to the waterfront, offering spectacular views of the harbour. The new atrium retains and emphasizes the original steel structure within the facility. A secondary axis in the form of a two-to four-storey galleria provides an interior street that parallels the boardwalk for the length of the building. These central spaces organize the division of office floors and allow for continual natural daylight and views to the surrounding landscape throughout the facility.

    The design elements noted have all been incorporated into the overall architecture to create a unique example of adaptive re-use to a once derelict building, lending to the overall revitalization of the area.

    Paul Currie, Civil Engineer

    Paul graduated from the University of New Brunswick in Civil Engineering  in 1980 and started his working career with Proctor & Gamble before joining 3M, in plant construction and start up roles. Throughout his career Paul has worked in manufacturing, construction, public transportation and utilities in several senior roles.  He returned to the Maritimes and was employed by Nova Scotia Power, most recently taking on the conversion of the old power plant on Lower Water Street into the Nova Scotia Power Corporate headquarters.

    Location1223 Lower Water Street
    Date & Time

    Tour date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
    Registration deadline: February 4, 2013

    Registration: 5:15 - 5:30 p.m.
    Tour: 5:30 - 7 p.m.

    Attendees to meet at the main entrance of the building  located on 1223 Lower Water Street.

    Time in 1360697400
    FeesRegistered Members: $40.00
    Intern Members: $30.00
    Non-Members: $60.00
    RegisterPlease click here to register.
    ContactCandis Green
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