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victoria airport

operations centre

victoria, BC

The Victoria Airport Authority required an innovative way to bring together airport operations staff with fire fighters to ensure seamless safety for its passengers and staff. The ability to respond to heavy traffic and emergency situations was critical to the project. The 24,200 sq.ft. Airside Operations and Fire Hall houses a 4-truck apparatus bay.  Several buildings that dated back to World War II were replaced and necessary fire protection and critical emergency response equipment was designed and installed. Enhanced mechanical systems reduce the impact of the Victoria Airport Authority‚Äôs environmental footprint while providing solutions to the functionality of operations. Using the earth as a source of heating, groundsource heat pumps were designed to take advantage of the moderate temperatures in the ground to boost efficiency and reduce the operational costs of heating and cooling systems. Heat recovery ventilation was designed to allow air-to-air exchange, employing counter-flow heat exchangers between the inbound and outbound air flow. This provides fresh air and improved climate control which, in turn, saves energy by reducing the heating (or cooling) requirements. In support of the geothermal field, AME included back-up boilers and a series of heat rejection coils that allow for an effective cooling system.
Architect: Chang Holovsky Architects
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