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west fraser centre

quesnel, bc

Currently the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) has two arenas in Quesnel, one of which is beyond its life expectancy and no longer meets the needs of the community. CEI Architecture was tasked with developing a scheme to design a brand new 60,000 sq.ft., 1,400-seat spectator facility while keeping both existing facilities fully operational until completion. 
AME was retained by CEI to complete the mechanical design for the facility, which features a heat pump system utilizing waste heat from the ice plant to provide heating and cooling to the lobby and to the multi-purpose and administration spaces by extracting or rejecting heat into the loop. On-demand heat for the ice plant is the first source of energy. In the event the plant is not running or has transferred the heat to other places, then the second source of heat is provided by condensing boilers. Should the building put heat into the system, the ice plant will take that heat and reject it into an exterior rooftop condensing unit. The arena bowl provides ventilation and dehumidification to the space through a rooftop dessicant dehumidifier. Since the facility is mostly used as a community arena, gas-fired radiant heaters are installed to provide localized heat without operating the ventilation system. In summer, when the bowl is used for community and events and tradeshows, large ceiling fans provide evaporative cooling utilizing outside air for free cooling. The change rooms have demand control ventilation to provide odour removal, heating and ventilation to the space and are then purged each evening with 100% outside air. All ventilation units are using het wheels to recover all exhausted air from ventilation and washroom exhaust.
The new West Fraser Centre is on schedule to complete in 2016.
Architect: CEI Architecture Planning Interiors
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