“HOK has integrated the interior and exterior sustainable features to create a holistic workspace that demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to the environment.”
The design team transformed a contaminated urban site into a dynamic, environmentally friendly building that serves as a model for sustainable design. The project satisfies the federal government’s initiatives for sustainable development, connectivity and supportive work environments while giving Charlottetown a striking urban landmark.
Built within a conventional budget, the building delivers on a government initiative to embrace new technologies, methodologies, partners and means of delivering service to Canadians.
An integrated design approach helped the team close the gaps between sustainability, architecture and engineering. The team collaborated with government officials to maintain a “full facility viewpoint” equally responsive to the site, building and interior design. Through this collaborative process, the team developed solutions that function as true systems rather than integrated components.
The building’s south wing is skewed 45 degrees off the city’s grid to optimize solar exposure for the largest building-mounted photovoltaic array in Canada.
HOK designed the project in joint venture with PEI-based Bergmark Guimond Hammarlund Jones.
188,400 sq. ft. / 17,500 sq. m.
Architects’ Association of Prince Edward Island – PEI’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence in Architecture
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation – CUI Brownie Awards
Canadian Solar Industries Association – Solar PV Project of the Year
Number of building occupants
Reduction in energy expenditure compared to the National Energy Code Building standard
Reduction in potable water use compared to similar office buildings