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PCL News: Major Net Zero Project Completion & Continued Support of the Red Cross


Windermere Fire Station 31 in Edmonton, AB - General contractior: PCL Construction - Photo: Christophe Benard Photography - Edmonton & Calgary Architectural Photographer

PCL Construction is proud to announce the completion and handover of the City of Edmonton’s first net-zero energy building. Windermere Fire Station 31 held its grand opening over the weekend showcasing the thoughtful integration of both natural and built environments which will serve the needs of a growing Edmonton suburb.

Net-zero means the building produces as much energy as it consumes. A geothermal field featuring 35 75-metre boreholes provides energy for heating and cooling, while the striking, south-facing sloped roof is set at a perfect angle to capture the sun’s rays. It features a 382-panel solar array with a rated capacity of 143 kilowatts.

The station has already received a 2018 Canadian Architect Award of Excellence and is seeking LEED Gold certification.

“We are proud to partner with the City of Edmonton to deliver its first net-zero building,” says PCL Edmonton’s District Manager, Jason Portas. “Our project team was exceptional in bringing this environmentally friendly design to fruition. It also was another fantastic opportunity to showcase our company’s expertise in sustainable construction.”

Windermere Fire Station 31 was delivered by PCL’s Special Projects division. Special Projects delivers competitive, customized solutions on building projects typically under $15 million. The specialized teams deliver projects across a wide range of markets including building revitalization, commercial, retail, education, government services, health care and hospitality, allowing success from the inside out and from the ground up.

Meanwhile, PCL Construction is also pleased to announce a combined $600,000 donation to the Canadian Red Cross and American Red Cross disaster management programs. This commitment continues a long-time partnership with Red Cross and will see $100,000 donated to each agency this year and in 2024 and 2025.

As part of its worldwide efforts, the Red Cross assists victims of weather emergencies and other catastrophic disasters across North America and supports humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. PCL is committed to building a better future together, and this renewed commitment will help Red Cross immediately deploy resources where they’re needed most.

“Recent news of wildfires and other extreme weather events in Canada and the United States reminds us that a disaster can suddenly leave people without basic necessities,” said Dave Filipchuk, president and CEO, PCL Construction. “PCL is committed to leaving positive legacies in the communities where we live and work, and contributing to Red Cross is just one way we do that.”

PCL’s donations provide financial support for Red Cross disaster management programs in both Canada and the United States. These programs prepare communities for crisis situations through investment in disaster-response operations, training and infrastructure. PCL has also contributed to specific disaster relief efforts, including Red Cross responses to wildfires in Fort McMurray, earthquakes in Haiti and Hurricane Katrina.

This commitment will bring PCL’s total contributions to the Canadian and American Red Cross societies to $2.85 million since 2011.