Royal Roads earns first LEED® gold rating

Author: 
Susan Down

Royal Roads University has received its first gold rating as part of the LEED® Canada for New Construction certification. The rating is for the Learning and Innovation Centre (LIC), completed in 2011. 

The 5800-square-metre LIC was built with natural durable materials, careful attention to the site, natural ventilation, heat recovery systems and solar panels for hot water. Also 95 per cent of construction waste was diverted from the landfill. 

LEED® (which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) recognizes performance in five key areas of human and environmental health, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality. There are fewer than 15 new buildings in Victoria that meet the gold standard. 

“Sustainability is a core value and a founding principle of the university’s strategic direction,” said Allan Cahoon, president and vice-chancellor, Royal Roads University.  “As the first purpose built space supporting the specialized RRU learning model, the LIC reflects those values through a commitment to a gold standard.” 

“We are very proud of our state-of-the-art facility and this designation,” said Dan Tulip, vice-president and chief financial officer at Royal Roads University. “The LIC complements the character and form of the historic buildings and heritage attributes of Hatley Park in a contemporary manner.  Careful thought and planning went into its sustainable construction, from its low-impact site placement, to its technology features, to high indoor environmental air quality, low water usage and energy efficiency.”

The LIC received $15 million in provincial funding and $5.1 million from the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program. The building costs were almost $4 million under budget due to economy of design, favourable economic conditions, and the efforts of a strong project and technical team.

The LIC includes 33 breakout rooms, seven classrooms, five computer labs and social spaces. The building took home the top honours in the institutional category at the Victoria Real Estate Board’s Building Awards in 2011.