Project Description

Djavad Mowafaghian Child Care Centre

The Djavad Mowafaghian Child Care Centre (the Centre), located on the campus of the BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital, represents a unique partnership between the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and the YMCA of Greater Vancouver to provide care for BC Children’s Hospital, Women’s Hospital and Health Centre and PHSA employees who work at the Oak Street site. The 7,450 sq.ft. single-storey Centre accommodates 49 children including; 12 infants (under 17 months), 12 toddlers (18 – 36 months) and 25 preschoolers (30 months to five years), and was designed with specific areas for each of these age groups. It also features over 10,000 sq.ft. of outdoor space, creatively landscaped for play.

Not only is the Child Care Centre LEED Gold Certified, it also follows BC’s Provincial Wood First Act. Its many sustainability features include the use of natural light plus the incorporation of trees cut to make space for the building as part of the outdoor play structure.

Sustainable and energy-efficient mechanical strategies implemented at this facility include a high efficiency boiler, rainwater harvesting, low flow water efficient plumbing fixtures and appliances, and a heating system designed to connect to the district energy system and provide allowance in the system for future expansion. Radiant hydronic heat is the building’s primary heating since it enables efficient heat delivery and allows for possible future connection to low carbon energy sources. Furthermore, the building’s heat recovery ventilation allows for the delivery of fresh air that exceeds minimum rates required by ASHRAE Standard 60.1-2007 by more than 30%. This building achieves 41% energy savings compared to the baseline