The Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation at The Banff Centre is the first facility in Banff National Park to attain LEED® Gold Certification for New Construction.
Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and opened in July 2010, the Kinnear Centre was built to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™ certification, an international benchmark for design, construction, and operation of high environmental performance buildings.
“We are extremely proud to attain LEED Gold Certification for the Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation,” said Jeff Melanson, president of The Banff Centre. “This certification reflects our strong commitment to environmental leadership, and recognition of The Banff Centre’s location within the pristine mountain environment of Banff National Park.”
One of only 16 buildings in Alberta to ever achieve LEED Gold Certification for new construction, the Kinnear Centre is also one of only three LEED certified buildings in Banff, according to statistics published by the Canada Green Building Council. The Banff Community High School and Town of Banff Fleet Transit Services Building have also attained LEED Certification.
The Kinnear Centre was constructed as an interdisciplinary hub for The Banff Centre, providing 60,000 square-feet in three storeys with extensive meeting and conference facilities, innovative rehearsal and performance space, informal gallery areas, the Maclab Bistro, and the Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives.
Projects with LEED® certification must meet prerequisites in six categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design.
The Kinnear Centre was constructed with an efficient exterior building envelope, sun shading to reduce energy use, and an innovative storm water management system. The building capitalizes on its stunning mountain views and provides 100 per cent of occupied space with access to views. Fully 78 per cent of wood products were supplied from FSC-certified sources. A 37 per cent energy savings relative to the Model Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (MNECB) was achieved. Restoration of natural montane vegetation in green areas following construction completion ensured the maintenance of wildlife corridors.
Showers, bike racks, and change rooms were added for employees, to encourage green commuting, while green housekeeping practices and procedures include green power purchase, and green building education modules for employees maintaining and working in the Kinnear Centre.
Diamond Schmitt Architects is among the world’s top 10 design firms for the cultural building sector, with an award-winning portfolio of opera houses, concert halls, libraries, academic, research, and residential buildings in their international portfolio.