Jean Canfield Government of Canada Building Officially Opens

Friday, April 25, 2008

CHARLOTTETOWN, Prince Edward Island, April 25, 2008 - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, on behalf of the Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, today officially opened the Jean Canfield Government of Canada Building in Charlottetown, P.E.I. The $53.8 million dollar project is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings ever constructed by the Government of Canada, and is a showcase for many innovative environmental technologies.

"The Jean Canfield Government of Canada Building was designed as a multi-department, environmentally friendly building that will lead the way in the greening of government operations for many years to come," said Minister Fortier.

"As Cabinet Minister responsible for P.E.I., I am incredibly proud to see the efforts of Atlantic Canadians setting a new standard for excellence in the area of sustainable development," said Minister MacKay.

"I am impressed with the construction of this new facility. Estimates for energy use indicate this building will be approximately 60 percent more energy efficient than the average Canadian office building," Minister MacKay added. "The solar array alone is equivalent to removing 80 cars from the road per year."

"This new building supports our commitment to making sure the needs of our federal government employees in Charlottetown are well met," said the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs. "After all, what brings this building to life is the people who work here. They are the face of the Government of Canada, and they are making a great contribution to the economy and sense of community in the heart of Charlottetown."

Features of the new building include a reflective roof to reduce building heat absorption, an effective use of light and shade to moderate indoor temperatures, and the reuse of recycled rainwater to reduce water usage. Green power for the building is purchased from provincial wind turbines, which results in lower emissions and a smaller environmental footprint.

The four-story building has a gross floor area of 17,500 square meters and has a capacity for 500 employees. Tenants of the building include Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Service Canada, Veterans Affairs Canada, as well as 11 other federal departments.

The new building is named after Ella Jean Canfield, the first female member of the Prince Edward Island Legislative Assembly and first woman to sit in the provincial cabinet. A plaque honouring Mrs. Canfield's legacy was unveiled during the opening ceremony.

The Jean Canfield building was designed by Bergmark Guimond Hammerlund Jones Architects in joint venture with HOK and construction was carried out by Hervé Pomerleau Inc. Design and site preparation was guided by the three Government of Canada initiatives of sustainable development, connectivity and supportive work environments.

For further information, media may contact:

Jay Paxton
Press Secretary
Office of Minister MacKay

Frédéric Baril
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Fortier

Darcy Truen
Communications Advisor
Public Works and Government Services Canada

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The building is registered with the Canadian Green Building Council with LEED Gold as the target.

Located on a Brownfield Site in downtown Charlottetown, the building's environmental footprint is reduced.

Local recycled and renewable material was used in the building's construction resulting in less construction and operating waste.

Annual consumption of water is reduced through capture, storage and treatment of rainwater for building operations and water efficient fixtures.

The building uses radiant chilled/heated slabs, rather than cooling or heating the ventilation air only.

The building's design incorporates a raised access floor, providing for highly flexible and serviceable building services and eliminating the need for ventilation ductwork.

The building's layout is flexible to accommodate future relocations without the need of costly mechanical renovations.

Operable windows and the use of atrium exhaust allow the building to be naturally ventilated.

Energy loss through exhausted air is recovered and reused to assist in cooling/heating new incoming air.

The use of Charlottetown's District Heating System eliminates the need for fuel-fired boilers.

Natural and reflective lighting levels, with individual user controls reduce energy consumption while providing a more productive work environment.

Daylight harvesting allows for more use of natural light, and occupancy sensors activate lighting only when it is needed.

Jean Canfield Building's Photovoltaic Array Office bays offer daylight/views on both sides and cross-ventilation for maximum productivity and energy savings.

The building is equipped with a Photovoltaic Array, which will generate 130,000 watts of electrical power from solar energy. This has the equivalent energy reduction of 80 cars per year.

Power is purchased for the building from Provincial wind turbines yielding virtually zero emission.

Shared boardrooms, business centres,computer centres, training rooms, mailroom and a learning centre reduce the building's environmental 'footprint' and operational cost per tenant.

Estimates of energy use indicate the project will be approximately 60% more energy efficient than national energy efficient buildings.

Community Liaison Committee of local interest groups involved in the project.
Community engagement allowed for active involvement of Holland College, UPEI and local schools.