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Nova Scotia Power Corporate Headquarters

Location:
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Client:
Nova Scotia Power Inc.
Completion:
Fall 2011
Associate Architect:
Fowler, Bauld & Mitchell Ltd. (Halifax)
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SAB Magazine Canadian Green Building Award, 2013

Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor’s Design Awards Medal of Excellence, 2012

Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Engineering – Refurbished Historic Buildings, 2011

The headquarters occupy a prominent location in downtown Halifax, with significant frontage on the public boardwalk that lines the western edge of the city’s harbour. The LEED Platinum project involved the retention and adaptive reuse of a former power generating plant to become offices for the provincial electrical utility. An innovative construction strategy was utilized that involved the reuse of the existing steel structure and exterior concrete cladding, in conjunction with the insertion of floors within the existing volume.

A five-storey atrium connects the neighbourhood to the waterfront, offering spectacular views of the harbour. This public space, in conjunction with a galleria that provides an indoor street that parallels the boardwalk, promotes casual interaction between employees. Glazed inter-floor stairs on the building perimeter, and exterior balconies at the atrium, keep users in contact with the harbour.

In a gesture to the memory of the building’s initial use the original steel structure has been retained and featured. Skylights sit in the base of former chimney stacks along the roof of the galleria.

The facility houses over 500 staff in approximately 18,000 gross square metres and provides parking for 150 cars.