British Columbia Institute of Technology’s (BCIT) North Campus Infrastructure Project is the recent recipient of the Envision Gold award for sustainable infrastructure.
“The continuous community engagement throughout the North Campus Infrastructure Project has allowed BCIT to fully understand the needs of its community and to guide development and renewal opportunities that provide long-term benefits. This award further recognizes BCIT for its strong commitment and leadership in sustainability,” said Kathy Kinloch, President of BCIT.
To receive an Envision Gold award, a project must demonstrate that it delivers a range of environmental, social, and economic benefits to the host and affected communities.
With designation by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), funding by the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, and BCIT, the North Campus Infrastructure Project provides an upgrade to the campus’ electrical infrastructure.
The project includes replacing 11 substations and all related infrastructure, plus constructing a new power-receiving substation to reestablish the aging Canada Way system.
The north side campus’ electrical backbone infrastructure will encompass three electrical services: high voltage (HV -12.5/25kV); low voltage (LV – below 750V); a telecommunications, control, and safety service.
The Envision system examines the impact of sustainable infrastructure projects through five distinct categories: Quality of Life, Leadership, Resource Allocation, Natural World, and Climate and Resilience. These areas provide a positive social, economic, and environmental impact on a community.
The electrical upgrades will enhance the initiative for BCIT and BC Hydro to construct Canada’s first Smart Power Microgrid.
Microgrids have the ability to run independently and collaboratively, helping to balance power generation with demand, and reducing the potential for blackouts in extreme weather events.
Stantec says Microgrids will be able to integrate current energy sources such as hydro and natural gas, with alternative sources such as biomass, solar and wind. This supports the vision for BCIT to have more resilient and reliable energy infrastructure.
“Achieving Envision Gold certification is a result of the collaborative efforts of our partners, spanning across disciplines and organizations, all who are dedicated to the successful delivery of this innovative, and sustainable project at BCIT,“ said Quin MacKenzie, sustainable design lead, Stantec. “Stantec is dedicated to supporting our clients’ sustainability and resiliency goals, and together we have designed a project that will set the foundation for continuing campus development well into the future.”