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The Hudson

victoria, BC

This project called for the design for the comprehensive rehabilitation of the historic Hudson’s Bay building in downtown Victoria. The Townline Group purchased the 89-year-old building in 2006 with the vision of turning the abandoned structure into modern, sustainable living areas while preserving its historic elements and beauty. The AME Group worked with Terasen Gas to devise a financing strategy that enabled the installation of the energy-efficient geoexchange system. AME designed and implemented numerous technologically advanced mechanical design systems with sustainability, occupant comfort and energy conservation as the key focus. Centralized water-to-water heat pumps offer space conditioning by running source piping through a geothermal field held at a relatively constant core temperature, allowing the temperature in each space to then be controlled by its own water source heat pump. The geothermal wells were placed directly below the heritage building's footprint.

AME also installed back-up boilers and a series of heat rejection coils that use the parkade ventilation as the cooling medium.

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