A world first in green design

Yoshi Ogawa
Sunday 14 Feb 2010

Vancouver Convention Centre West is world’s first LEED Platinum convention centre

Coinciding with the arrival of the world's media descending upon Vancouver, B.C. for the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games, the building where they will be housed for the duration, Vancouver Convention Centre West has been awarded LEED Canada Platinum.

Designed by Seattle-based LMN Architects, in collaboration with Vancouver-based MCM and DA, the Vancouver Convention Centre West (VCC) has become the first convention centre project in the world to earn what is the program’s highest rating.

“The design goes far beyond the big box functionality and experience of a traditional convention centre,” says Mark Reddington, LMN partner. “Instead, it offers a new vision of sustainability and a rich public experience by weaving together the natural ecology, local culture, urban context, and building program in a unified whole that functions literally as a living part of both the city and the harbour.”

A prominent feature to be recognized around the world is the centre’s six-acre living roof, which is Canada’s largest and the biggest non-industrial living roof in North America. Landscaped with 400,000 native plants and grasses, the green roof acts as an insulator to mediate the exterior air temperature, as well as contributing to the building’s stormwater utilization and integrating with the waterfront landscape ecosystem.

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