411 Railway


411 Railway Partnership


Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects


Industrial, Office Buildings, Tenant Improvements


Building Performance, Fire Protection Design, Mechanical Design




Vancouver, BC


411 Railway in Vancouver BC stands as a testament to sustainable and innovative commercial development. This mixed-use facility combines light industrial space with a clean, modern design, all powered by a high-efficiency HVAC system that significantly reduces CO2 emissions.

The heating and cooling are provided by two zero-emission hydronic Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs), supplemented by condensing boilers for redundancy and peak demands. A high-performance Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) ensures efficient ventilation, enhancing indoor air quality and promoting occupant comfort.

The HVAC, plumbing, and sprinkler systems are fully integrated into the building’s sleek architectural vision, resulting in a visually pleasing and functional environment. Moreover, the design reduces energy costs by 19% compared to a baseline ASHRAE 90.1-2010 building, highlighting the project’s commitment to energy efficiency.

Designed with future-readiness in mind, 411 Railway features exhaust connections for light industrial use on each floor. The precise temperature control offered by the 4-pipe fan coil units, coupled with the improved indoor air quality from the HRV system, creates an optimal indoor environment. This project sets a new standard for sustainable commercial developments in Vancouver and beyond.