Dawson Creek—British Columbia
Centre of Excellence for Clean Energy Technology (CECET)
The Centre for Excellence in Clean Energy Technology (CECET) building is located on the Northern Lights College campus in Dawson Creek, BC. The new facility includes two classrooms for solar and wind power technology training, a meeting room, washrooms, kitchenette, a multipurpose room and an extensive mechanical and electrical room to house the advanced sustainable systems employed in the project. A separate boiler room is included to house a wood pellet fed biomass boiler, which will become the main heat source for the existing Campus Centre Building.
The project demonstrates a wood first commitment, where the majority of the structural components as well as interior and exterior finishes are wood. The roof structure of the building uses a combination of vertical steel and inclined glulam posts supporting the sloping glulam beams. The lateral loads resulting from the inclination of the front façade are carried to the reinforced concrete shear walls that also provide the resistance to wind and seismic forces. Therefore the solid construction of the two story part of the building acts as a buttress lightening the structure over the common area. The project is targeting LEED Platinum.
Completed: Summer 2011