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One of Canada's Most Environmentally Friendly Government Buildings

Jean Canfield Government of Canada Building
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

“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.”

Ron St. Onge
Project Manager, Public Works and Government Services Canada

As a pilot for a federal sustainability initiative, this is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings ever constructed by the Canadian government.

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.


Interior Design
Landscape Architecture
Sustainable Consulting


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



11 October 2011
“Canadian Government Building in Charlottetown Secures LEED Gold Certification”

7 October 2011
“A Golden Moment for the Jean Canfield Building”
Canada News Centre