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This 16,000 sq.ft., the building includes a Great Hall that accommodates community gatherings and a theatre; a library; and a youth centre. Designed with nature in mind, the building takes advantage of vistas to the surrounding forest and river valley. Landscaping features native planting requiring little or no irrigation, and supports the character of its surroundings. Storm water collection from roofs and hard surfaces is channeled to a retention pond which collects and filters rain water on site.
The super-insulated and air-tight building incorporates many energy efficient systems including a groundsource HVAC system, windows that are oriented to maximize passive solar heat gain, low flow water fixtures, and low energy consumption light fixtures.
Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc. in joint venture with Lapalme architecte