Technical Tour of Humber Lakeshore’s “L” Building

On Friday, April 12, 2013 members of the ASHRAE Humber student branch were pleased to attend a facilities presentation and tour of the Humber College – Lakeshore Campus’ L building, given by Humber’s own Facilities Director Spencer Wood. 

 The L building is the hub of the revitalized Lakeshore Campus, which features state of the art sustainable design techniques that combine design strategies with building technology to achieve higher operational efficiencies and significant energy savings.  Some of these measures include:

  • Green roof
  • Daylighting
  • High efficiency HVAC w/ zone control
  • High efficiency lighting
  • Thermal wheel HRV/ERV
  • Occupancy Sensors

 After the presentation on the building systems we were given a walk-through tour of the mechanical rooms.  With the Lakeshore Campus being set on the grounds of an old hospital for the mentally ill, it is unique in both design and layout.  The L building is new build and central to the campus.  The heritage hospital buildings surround the L building in a semi-circular fashion.  A connection is made underground with a series of service tunnels that are now used to run the heating and cooling loops from the boiler and chiller systems. 

 The feel inside the L building was one of comfort and contentment.  As a place primarily designated for learning, one could tell that the design of the building was done with students in mind.  The building flows from classroom to lecture hall, computer lab to study hall, all quite seamlessly.  The Indoor environmental quality was very good and more than suitable for students’ needs.

 Overall, the L building was an impressive bit of engineered design that fits in perfectly at the Humber-Lakeshore campus.  We are grateful to have had the opportunity for visiting the site.  The ASHRAE Humber Student Branch would like to thank Spencer Wood for a great presentation and tour, his knowledge of the building systems was evident and appreciated.

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