Cornwall OPG visitor centre receives LEED Gold certification


Special to Ottawa Construction News

            Ontario Power Generation’s  (OPG) St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre  has been awarded LEED Gold classification by the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC).

            “St. Lawrence Power Development Visitor Centre is the first project in Cornwall and one of a select few buildings in Canada to achieve a LEED Gold rating,” said Rick Taylor of PBK Architects. “It is quite an achievement that speaks to the vision of Ontario Power Generation.”

            The visitor centre is an outstanding public learning facility on the Cornwall’s waterfront describing the St. Lawrence Seaway and development of the hydroelectric generation at the R.H. Saunders Generation facility, says Bob Peters, the City of Cornwall’s senior development officer. “Dynamic exhibits for all ages demonstrate the history of the river, ecology and OPG’s supply of energy to the province of Ontario.”

            With its gold-level classification, the visitor centre stands as testament to a high standard of sustainability, environmental stewardship, excellence in design and healthy city development.

            The visitor centre is one of a number of Cornwall LEED buildings. The Cornwall RCMP detachment has received  a Silver LEED classification, while the Benson Centre is currently in the process of being classified.

            Cornwall-based architect PBK Architects designed the visitor centre with GENIVAR Engineers (formerly the Thompson Rosemount Group).



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