New Welland Courthouse; Window Film Benefits Sustainable Design and Development
Window film and tinting has many benefits in residential applications but can also be an integral part of a plan for green and sustainable, commercial development.
The long time planned new $12.4-million Provincial Offences Court facility at 445 East Main St., Welland is now open. It is a 20,400-square-foot building at the intersection of Duncan Street, where the former Empire Public School building stands.
The building has been developed using the most current technology—well-planned for efficiency, and meets all of the Ministry of Attorney General requirements including accessibility, as well as audio, visual and security systems.
“It’s really going to be a state-of-the-art facility, but still very fiscally responsible.”
Although building Architect Robin Ng said the courthouse will receive LEED silver designation, and possibly LEED gold. This type of structure receives points based on energy efficiency and environmental design.
Ng said different material will be used on the facade, giving it contrast while adding to its energy efficiency.
The glass used on the exterior of the building has little white dots on it. This glass is called “bird fritted glass” and is used to reduce reflections to ensure birds don’t fly into the side of the building. This was one aspect of environmental design.
WINDOW FILM HELPS MEET LIGHT REQUIREMENTS FOR THE WELL BUILDING STANDARD
Windows are a key part of the architecture and design of many offices. The WELL criteria recommend solutions to balance enough light coming in through the windows to ensure optimal health and productivity, with energy performance and thermal comfort. Solar control window film is a solution to help meet the light requirements for WELL building certification.
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The facility’s roof is white to refract heat and conserve energy. The building also collects rainwater for use on the property.
The side of the building facing East Main Street was designed with dynamic architectural features, such as smoked glass and Algonquin limestone. The limestone is also used inside the structure.
On the side of the building facing Duncan, a darker brick will be used to provide contrast to the portion of the facility that will house administrative offices.
The facility, at the former Empire public school site, was completed under budget and on time — the cost was $12.4 million. The building was constructed to replace the older court facilities in Welland and Niagara Falls which were closed last Thursday, Oct 19. The former buildings were rented by Niagara Region, but the new facility is owned by the the Region.
Welland Mayor Frank Campion said he appreciated the Regions recognition that Welland is a significant place of business and development. Campion said the new facility will be good for business development and hopes the downtown core will expand further down East Main Street.