Residences of Spring Hill
King City (Vaughan), ON, Canada
Residences of Springhill
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The Residences of Springhill is a 4-storey, country-inspired seniors’ condominium, situated on 3 acres next to 20 acres of conservation lands and pond. The project is designed with the active senior in mind, featuring some of the most picturesque countryside King City, King Township has to offer.
Following the complete design of the facility plumbing, HVAC, and hydronic systems, TRAK International was awarded the provision of the complete plumbing and HVAC. The system is the first to optimize a combined heat and power GeoExchange plant utilizing TRAK heat pump technology and various other energy-efficiency measures. The entire facility operation is coordinated through an extensive TRAK Energy Management and Controls System to maximize occupant comfort and ensure environmentally safe energy-efficient operation.
The system features many unique benefits compared to buildings in the surrounding area, such as complete power backup from a combined-heat-and-power generator, snowmelt, and parkade heating.
During the Springhill project TRAK worked with The Regional Municipality of York Hydrogeologist and Risk Management Inspector Environmental Promotion and Protection branch and created a Risk Management Strategies Report. This TRAK report documented the risk management methods and procedures of the design and construction as a systematic methodology of an ongoing process by which occurrences that may substantially affect the end product were identified, quantified, modelled, managed, and monitored. Each of the proposed system components was analyzed to deal with potential risk and the paramount priority of Occupant Health and Safety. Environmental protection looked at the GeoExchange ground loop materials, drilling procedures, heat transfer fluids, refrigerant used, detection and monitoring and ongoing preventative maintenance as a few of the considerations. Other risk considerations were schedule, costs, technical feasibility, technology change, etc., and the strategies to deal with these risks. The reasons for avoiding some conventional practices and what was not done helped demonstrate the high value of the final very successful product as much as the newer cleantech methods that attracted many visitors from across North America to see the final award-winning installation. Notably, the provided fully-heated shelter and facilities helped additional occupants during a several day-long ice storm and other major grid power failures.
Awarded four Green Globes, The Residences of Springhill is at the forefront of energy conservation and technical innovation. It will be among the greenest condominiums in York Region.
(Adapted from http://www.residencesofspringhill.ca/).
Total System Capacity: 330 Tons
Design-Build Mechanical: TRAK International
GeoExchange Provision: Darrell Bertram, Bertram Drilling Corp.
TRAK Eng. of Record: Jeff Maxwell, P.Eng, LEED AP BD+C
TRAK Contract Amount: $5.5 million