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Case Study: Vancouver Aquarium, Aquaquest: Marilyn Blusson Centre

Updated: May 27

Project Team

Architect: Stantec Architecture

LA: Sharp & Diamond

Mechanical Engineer: Cobalt Engineering

Structural Engineer: Equilibrium Consultants

Geotechnical Design: Geopacific Consultants Ltd

Contractor: Stuart Olsen Construction, Tiger Purification

LEED: Gold

BARR Product

10,000 Gal FRP Rain Water Harvesting tank integrated with green wall irrigation and toilet flushing

The Project

This $22M project adds 4,050 sq. m. of office spaces, gallery and exhibit spaces, classrooms and ancillary spaces to the Vancouver Aquarium. The elimination of traditional mechanical refrigeration equipment lowered energy costs by 38% compared to the Model National Energy Code for Buildings. The innovative rainwater harvesting system directs roof drains to a stormwater storage system that supplies water for irrigation and toilet flushing, combined with low-flow plumbing fixtures. This significantly reduced potable water consumption of the building as a whole.


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