Nova Scotia Power Inc. Corporate Office Facility

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Client:
Nova Scotia Power Inc.
Size:
23,000 m2 | 248,000 ft2
Completion:
2011
Sustainability:
LEED Platinum
Scope of Service:
Full Architectural Services

Awards:

Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, Sustainability Award, 2014

Ontario Association of Architects, Design Excellence Award, 2014

CUI Brownie Award, Excellence in Project Development at the Building Scale, 2013

SAB Magazine, Canadian Green Building Award, 2013

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

ARIDO Award of Merit, Restoration and Adaptive Re-use in the Workplace, 2012

ARIDO Award of Merit, Sustainable, 2012

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

Located on the harbour of downtown Halifax, this LEED Platinum project retains and converts a decommissioned power generating plant into corporate headquarters for the Province’s electrical utility. A unique and innovative example of adaptive renewal, WZMH’s design involves the insertion of seven floor assemblies into the existing steel structure. The original exterior concrete cladding, saw-cut to provide window openings, is wrapped in a new energy-efficient envelope.

A new five-storey atrium retains and celebrates the original steel structure, and 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 alongside the boardwalk, promotes casual interaction amongst the facility’s more than 500 employees. Along the roof of the galleria, skylights set in the base of former chimney stacks provide abundant natural light. Glazed inter-floor stairs on the building perimeter and exterior balconies at the atrium keep users in contact with the Harbour. The retention of the original interior steel structure celebrates the memory of the building’s historic function. Designed as an open work environment, the offices enjoy over 75% direct access to natural daylight.