Client: City of Nanaimo
Location: Nanaimo, BC
Completion: Summer 2014
As part of a wider program of water treatment and distribution upgrades, the construction of a new reservoir in a well loved public park by the City of Nanaimo was seen as an opportunity to demonstrate leadership for both the performance and building standards possible for infrastructure projects. As an integrated concept, the strategy developed has been to release the latent energy from the excess hydrostatic pressure caused by the differential elevations between the South Fork Water Treatment Plant and the distribution system.
The energy recovery building houses the turbines and other equipment. The design of the project seeks to explore in a rounded way what can be achieved in a building of this type both functionally (through daylighting, water collection, material use and project siting) and poetically (through the roof form, material character and site planting).