Applying Envision® for Sustainable Design to achieve Gold-Level Performance on the BCIT North Campus Infrastructure Project – A First for Education in Canada

28 July 2021, 1:00-2:00 EST
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The $46.9 million North Campus Infrastructure Renewal Project at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) provides a critical upgrade to the campus’ electrical infrastructure, improving resiliency and reliability of a system that currently serves about 50% of BCIT’s Burnaby campus, including all the campus’ trades-based educational programs. The project included the construction of a new receiving substation at Canada Way, replacement of 11 substations and the establishment of new BC Hydro connections at BCIT’s main North entrance. A number of enhancements and additions to the public realm were also completed.

Achieving Envision Gold certification was a result of the collaborative efforts of project partners spanning across all disciplines and organizations, all were dedicated to the successful delivery of this innovative and sustainable project delivery at BCIT. The Envision system examines the impact of sustainable infrastructure projects as a whole, through five distinct categories: Quality of Life, Leadership, Resource Allocation, Natural World, and Climate and Resilience. These key areas contribute to the positive social, economic, and environmental impacts on a community.

Since the Project’s completion, BCIT has been looking for ways to implement Envision across its campus development projects. Through leveraging Envision best practices, BCIT is working towards a more resilient and sustainable future.

Joe Cosh, Associate Director of Project Services, BCIT

Joe has been with BCIT for 12 years and has worked on a wide variety of projects with BCIT Facilities and Campus Development, starting as a staff electrician he moved up to become the institute electrical manager and is now the Associate Director of Project Services.

​One project that has left a lasting impression on Joe was the North Campus Infrastructure project (NCIP). As a facilities electrician he was named as the project liaison to the NCIP and he worked closely with consultants and contractors starting with early design and on through to a successful project completion. This project also sparked Joe’s interest in sustainable construction practices after working in the Envision framework to achieve a gold award for this project, this is now something Joe is very passionate about.

Melissa Peneycad, Managing Director, Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI)

Melissa Peneycad is Managing Director at the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), which is headquartered in Washington DC.  

As head of ISI’s global Envision® project verification and awards program, Melissa has verified the sustainability and resiliency of more than 70 infrastructure projects across the US, Canada and overseas. She also oversees the organization’s marketing and communications department, and leads research and development at ISI. Based in Ontario, Melissa is ISI’s Canadian representative.

Melissa has focused most of her career on developing, implementing, and administering sustainability and resiliency standards, frameworks, and rating systems for infrastructure, commercial real estate and PPPs.

In addition to her role at ISI, Melissa served as Co-Chair of a United Nations-led initiative to develop an evaluation methodology to rate PPPs and infrastructure projects against the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and she is Co-Chair of the global Sustainability and Resiliency Chapter at the World Association of PPP Units & Professionals

Melissa is a regular speaker & guest lecturer on the topics of urban sustainability, sustainable infrastructure, resilience and climate change.

Quin MacKenzie, MBA, BSc, ENV SP Co-Founder & Consultant, luuceo consulting inc.

Quin is a co-founder of luuceo and practices as a strategic sustainability and resilience consultant. She is an Envision Sustainability Professional, Trainer and Verifier. She has facilitated planning and design processes for infrastructure projects across North America to enhance asset performance, specializing in the application of leading design frameworks such as the Envision® framework for sustainable infrastructure and the Integrated Design Process (IDP). Quin has consulted on the sustainable planning and design for over a dozen projects across North America, ranging in size from $1 million to 4.65 billion, including the newly awarded BCIT North Campus Infrastructure Project (Envision Gold), the Naples Bay Restoration project (Envision Silver), the Atlanta Water Supply Program (Envision Silver), and the Dixon Wastewater Treatment Facility Improvements Project (Envision Silver).

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