The local City of Chilliwack, along with Preview Builders International Inc. (General Contractor), appointed NDY for a design-built project of a commercial building and a 23,000 sq ft international curling rink. The building comprises of common areas such as restaurants, bars, offices, locker rooms, administration facilities and patron-related spaces. The size of the entire development is approximately 48,500 sq ft.
The curling rink meets international requirements, and anyone visiting the city of Chilliwack can use it. However, it will be a multi-purpose space not limited to curling. It will be operating during September to May and will be defrosted an event’s hall during the rest of the year.
The main challenge for NDY was the client’s budget. The project was based on a design built for them, so when NDY provided consultants, the City of Chilliwack authorities already had an estimated number of systems. NDY had to bill within the client’s budget, otherwise, the Preview Builders International Inc. will have had to pay the additional costs.
Aside from working with Preview Builders International Inc., NDY also collaborated with MQN Architects. MQN Architects has previously worked with NDY to design small-scale and large-scale projects. On a solution context, the design that NDY provided to the end client was the comfort of the general public in terms of the temperature within the vicinity – specifically providing 22 degrees Celsius for heating and 23 degrees Celsius for cooling; in unoccupied hours, it will be 15 degrees Celsius heating and 27 degrees Celsius for cooling.
NDY helped Preview Builders International Inc. propose cost-effective solutions for the project. The dehumidification units come with a customised package for heating and cooling. Additionally, NDY designed a hot water tank heater based on a previous design. Installing this hot water tank heater reduces the number of boilers needed, however, it still meets the minimum requirements and criteria. This helps the client stay within the budget for the entire construction cost.
In addition, NDY designed five packaging heating and cooling rooftop units to serve the entire office space and the common areas. There was also supplementary heating for the electric baseboard heater as well as a central domestic hot water heating system to the entire development. The commercial kitchen, on the contrary, has its dedicated hot water tank, a dedicated make-up air unit and exhaust fan as this space requires more air flow and heating compared to the other spaces within the Chilliwack development.