Ottawa Convention Centre Goes Green

Ottawa Convention Centre Conceptual Drawing. Image Credit: GBA Associates.

The Ottawa Convention Centre is boasting a bold, beautiful and modern new look – complete with environmentally-friendly upgrades.

The 192,000 sq, ft. building, which is built on the site of the former Ottawa Congress Centre downtown, offers 28 beautifully-designed, fully configurable meeting spaces as well as 56,000 sq. ft. that can host 6,260 people theatre-style and 4,600 banquet-style.  Comprised largely or recycled materials and organic compounds, the facility uses special plumbing systems to regulate and reduce water consumption.

The new design makes use of natural light and provides a magnificent view of Ottawa’s Rideau Canal from its 7-storey high windows.  The decision to go “green” was made by the Board of Directors to demonstrate a commitment to “environmental performance and leadership” and to “doing what is right for the future of the planet.”

According to the Ottawa Convention Centre’s official website, the building “became Canada’s first Founding Industry Member of the International Convene Green Alliance (CGA), a grass-roots industry initiative spearheaded by several high profile associations from around the world that aspire to positive environmental practices.”

The Centre has implemented a “comprehensive waste management program” as well as innovations designed to ensure that the building provides an environmentally-friendly experience for all of its guests which are expected to number in the hundreds of thousands this year alone.

Some of the Centre’s other green initiatives include:

–       The use of recycled steel trusses salvaged from the original congress centre.

–       Building practices that are aligned with LEED Silver status requirements (which it is currently in the process of applying for).

–       Rainwater collection cisterns which are used to flush toilets and urinals.

–       A large recycling room complete with a composting site.

–       A landfill waste diversion target in excess of 90 percent.

–       Lighting systems designed to be up to 25 percent more efficient than minimum building requirements.

–       Efficient HVAC systems to regulate air distribution throughout the building.


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