|CLIENT:||DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTURE|
|CONTRACT TYPE:||STIPULATED SUM|
|Project SIZE:||75,000 SQ. FT.|
|LEED CERTIFICATION LEVEL:||GOLD|
The school incorporates characteristics of the traditional architecture of the former Bluenose Academy built circa 1906.
The construction of the Bluenose Academy was challenged by the requirement to obtain LEED Gold certification. The sustainable building includes solar panels and walls to generate heat for hot water, electricity and air systems. Satisfying the 100% fresh air turnover requirement, perforated metal collector panels were installed on the south facing wall allowing solar radiation to heat the air behind the panels. Ventilation fans then draw in the heated air, which is distributed by the HVAC system. Without compromising the schedule, the Bird team was able to deliver all the LEED requirements to the client on time by employing a commissioning manager onsite to oversee the installation of all solar energy technologies used.