Innovation Centre
Durham College

The Innovation Centre at Durham College is a 2,400 SF showcase for geothermal equipment that can be used as a teaching tool for the college. WalterFedy, along with design builder JJ McGuire, was hired to provide architectural and engineering services to design the facility to display the geothermal distribution equipment for student educational purposes, complete with a viewing gallery. The viewing gallery houses educational consoles (designed by Siemens) to explain the equipment on view. 

 

Our engineering team worked with Siemens and GeoXergy to integrate the 550-ton geo-field with 150 boreholes and related equipment into the existing Gordon Willey Building. The project includes the design of the geo-field as well as the pump house to act as a “living learning centre.” This centre houses the major geothermal distribution equipment complete with viewing spaces and live-updated digital displays for students to observe the operation of the geo-field. Our teams also designed the piping to connect the load building and pump house which were approximately 600 feet apart. Simultaneously, our mechanical and electrical teams designed modifications to the existing heating and cooling plant to incorporate the new heat pump. 

SERVICES

 

  • Architecture

  • Structural Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Electrical Engineering

  • Civil Engineering

   

NOTEWORTHY
DESIGN ELEMENTS

In order to save energy, our architecture team suggested the building be reoriented from an east-facing building to face the south instead. This would allow for Passive Solar Heating. With the sun low in the winter months, the sunlight can shine through the full glass front of the building, bringing in extra heat; and with the sun high in the summers, the overhang of the building interrupts the sun's rays from shining directly into the building. This design will afford the College 25% in energy savings each year. 

 

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