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Western Mechanical Services provides TAB and Commissioning services on the largest and most interesting projects in our region. Our team has been responsible for over 13,000 projects in over our 60+ year history. Here is a small selection of those projects.
Western Mechanical Services performed the mechanical systems commissioning for the BC Place Stadium retractable roof upgrade.
Completed base building air/HVAC and water balancing on this new construction $480 Million LEED silver ice hockey and concert arena in Edmonton.
Western Mechanical Services completed air (HVAC) and water (hydronic) balancing for this $484 Million new LEED gold, 670,000 sq. ft. specialized outpatient treatment facility at the University of Alberta hospital.
Western Mechanical Services completed air (HVAC) and water balancing services on this new construction 66,000 sq. ft. LEED Gold hydrogen fuel cell research facility.
Western Mechanical Services was retained to do all air and water balancing on the new campus. Image courtesy of the University of Northern British Columbia.
Western Mechanical Services completed the air and water balancing on this new $285 million, 370,00. sq ft. sciences and academics building.
Western Mechanical Services completed the air (HVAC) and water balancing services on this new construction commercial complex.
Western Mechanical Services completed air and water balancing on this office tower building in downtown Vancouver.
The $ 27 million 11,770 square meter (126,000 sq ft) Heritage Mountain Secondary School building was one of the first LEED projects commissioned by Western Mechanical Services. The mechanical systems incorporated a number of energy efficient features, including a ground source heat pump that utilizes geothermal energy. This school is one of the most energy efficient in the Province of British Columbia.
Three heat recovery ventilators reclaim heat from the exhaust ventilation systems serving the Science Labs, Physics and Chemistry Rooms, Home Economics and Foods Area, Central Washrooms and transfers the heat to the incoming outdoor ventilation air used for a number of fan coil systems. The fan coil units are each provided with variable speed pumps that deliver just enough hot water or chilled water to satisfy the heating or cooling requirements.
The ventilation system for the theatre is controlled by motion sensors that determine whether or not the space is occupied. During times when the theatre is not being used, motorized outdoor air dampers close. The two gymnasia are controlled by carbon dioxide sensors so that the amount of outdoor ventilation provided matches the need of the occupants.
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The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS) on the West Mall at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is dedicated to research, collaboration and outreach that lead to workable solutions for the challenges of urban sustainability. The facility was completed in 2011. The CIRS was described as “the most innovative and high performance building in North America, serving as a living laboratory to demonstrate leading-edge research and develop sustainable design practices, products, systems and policies”.
The building was constructed of sustainable materials and designed to radically reduce emissions, materials consumption, energy use and water use.
Electricity, lighting and heating energy, and all of its water supply, liquid waste treatment, ventilation and cooling is provided from natural on site sustainable and renewable sources including the sun, the wind and the ground beneath the site. Heating and cooling for the facility comes from waste heat recovery from the fume hood exhaust ventilation systems and geothermal heat pump and it was designed to have the best commercial building performance in North America.
Western Mechanical Services is proud to have been part of this unique construction project by providing the building commissioning services to help UBC
The University of British Columbia developed a major initiative to upgrade and retrofit their core campus building systems to meet ambitious targets to reduce energy and water use and greenhouse gas emissions.
UBC engaged MCW Custom Energy Solutions Ltd as an energy performance contractor (ESCO) to implement the Ecotrek Project. Over a three year period, nearly 300 buildings were rebuilt and retrofitted to achieve targets to reduce energy by 20 % and water use by 30 %. The project was successful and UBC will be saving at least $ 2.6 million per year in electricity, steam and water costs.
The mechanical retrofit included the addition of variable speed drives for the supply and return fans for the air handling systems in the major university buildings so that the air volumes could be reduced during times when less air was required. Sheet metal ductwork changes were carried out to convert some systems by adding variable air volume devices and automatic temperature controls to match the heating, cooling and ventilation to the amount required in the various zones.
Western Mechanical Services was chosen to provide testing and balancing (TAB) and performance testing services associated with
A major renovation to improve the acoustics and service to patrons for the historic Queen Elizabeth Theatre, one of Vancouver’s cultural jewels was completed before the start of the 2010 Olympics. Originally constructed in 1959, the building was later divided into two areas, the 2900 seat main auditorium and the 800 seat playhouse. As part of the upgrade, acoustic separation of the two areas and acoustic treatment within the auditorium was carried out to achieve the level of performance excellence required for performances by Vancouver Opera and Ballet British Columbia and other various productions.
One of the challenges included in the scope of work was to eliminate any noticeable drafts or noise from air movement.
Western Mechanical Services had a significant role along with the other professional, technical and trades involved in the design and construction by providing building system commissioning services as well as testing and balancing of the air handling and other mechanical systems.
At 51,000 square Meters, (548,000 sq ft), the Life Sciences Building is now the largest building at the University of British Columbia. It is a state of the art medical teaching and research facility with a variety of laboratories, lecture theatres, classrooms, seminar and reading rooms, administration offices and a major vivarium. The building is designed to accommodate a total of 2,900 people.
The building houses one of the largest Level III Biohazard Facilities in North America.
It was the largest building in Canada to achieve the international LEED Gold certification award for innovative environmental sustainability features for design, construction and operation.
Some of the special features for this building include water conservation strategies, dual flush toilet fixtures, sense controlled faucets, heat recovery from all exhaust ventilation systems, fume hoods with reduced flow rates, maximum use of outdoor natural lighting and automatic lighting control. Construction materials, which had relatively low emission of volatile organic compounds, were chosen. An aggressive waste management program was adopted during construction. Eighty per cent of the construction waste was salvaged or recycled.
Western Mechanical Services is pleased to have been chosen to provide the air and
The UBC Michael Smith Laboratories is a 7,500 sq Meter (80,700 sq ft) building that was completed in 2005. It is an interdisciplinary facility that includes biological research and training facilities.
Research is conducted on human and animal molecular genetics, plant and forestry molecular genetics and biological process engineering. The building was named after Doctor Michael Smith, Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry in 1993 and former Professor Emeritus at UBC.
The mechanical systems for the laboratory areas included variable air volume (VAV) air handling systems with supply and exhaust fans having variable speed drives, and heat recovery coils and pumps that transfer heat from the outgoing exhaust air to the incoming outdoor air.
Western Mechanical Services provided the fundamental and additional commissioning services for the technically challenging mechanical equipment, systems and temperature controls for Alpha Mechanical Contracting in Port Coquitlam, BC. Western Mechanical scheduled all activities related to the commissioning including equipment start-up, water treatment, testing and balancing, duct cleaning, temperature control end-to-end checks, performance verification and preparation and review of the operating and maintenance manuals. Western Mechanical Services organized the turnover and ensured that the building operators had been adequately trained to
The CBC took on a new look in 2009 when they completed a futuristic $65 million, 25,000 sq ft newsroom addition and renovation to replace the old concrete building that was locally described as “the bunker”. The construction project took three years to complete. One of the main challenges was that the CBC had to remain on air throughout the construction project and any construction noise or vibrations had to be kept within strict limits to avoid interference with taping or broadcasting. Because of the ongoing use of the building, noise and vibration from the building HVAC and electrical lighting systems must be kept within tolerable limits. Western Mechanical Services was retained to provide air and water balancing and to commission the building services to ensure that the performance objectives were achieved.
The CBC project is one of three Silver Award winners in the Vancouver Regional Construction Association Awards of Excellence in the general contractor category for contracts over $40 million.
Western Mechanical Services was retained by Translink to provide the commissioning services for the environmentally friendly $ 37 million Vancouver Transit Centre, completed in 2006 as a LEED Project. This facility houses the second largest and most modern electric trolley fleet in North America. It replaced the Oakridge Transit Centre, located at 41st Avenue and Oak Street in Vancouver. It is operated by the Coast Mountain Bus Company, a subsidiary of Translink.
The Centre is also used as a training facility for all Coast Mountain services and has a cafeteria that is open to the public. The building has a recycled water bus wash and an onsite wastewater treatment plant.
The mechanical systems included natural gas hot water heating boilers, variable and constant volume air handling systems, radiant hot water heating panels, fan coil systems, chilled water cooling systems, paint booth ventilation systems and gas controlled exhaust ventilation systems for the vehicle areas with makeup air ventilation systems.
The Vancouver Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee (VANOC) who organized and staged the 2010 Winter Olympic Games required 200,000 sq ft of office space to house up to 1,200 employees and host partners. VANOC selected an existing building on the outskirts of the City of Vancouver for this purpose. The office space and the existing building mechanical and lighting systems had to be retrofitted to suit the special needs of the Olympic organizers, who chose Western Mechanical Services to provide commissioning services for the updated building systems.
Western Mechanical Services worked closely with VANOC to ensure and verify that their special requirements from the systems were achieved. Some of the measures adopted to obtain LEED certification included ensuring proper air quality during construction, special zone controls for heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and proximity lighting were implemented and verified during the commissioning process. One feature used to reduce energy costs was to automatically shut down some of the lighting in rooms when they were not occupied. The building system renovations had to be completed within a tight time frame which created special challenges for all those involved, including the commissioning team.
After the 2010
The VPD Tactical Training Centre, completed in 2011 is owned by the City of Vancouver with the Vancouver Police Department as tenant. This facility is utilized for the training of officers and has simulation training rooms, firing ranges, classrooms and other facilities. The project is registered with the Canada Green Building Council and was designed and constructed to achieve LEED-NC Gold certification.
The centre has 25-metre and 50-metre indoor target ranges, with removable barricades, running man targets, a raised control booth and custom lighting options for a variety of specialized firearms training scenarios. High-flow ventilation systems were provided for each range to remove lead particulate matter from the air to avoid possible health hazards for occupants.
Because of the exceptional requirement for high air volumes of outdoor air when the firing ranges are in use and the need to maintain negative building pressures relative to other occupied areas of the building, special temperature control arrangements are required to achieve optimum use of energy and to provide a safe environment. Western Mechanical Services was entrusted with the responsibility of providing the building system commissioning services and preparing the mechanical system operation and maintenance manuals for this