Last week, Tamwood Careers students got the wonderful opportunity to take a tour of the magnificent Vancouver Convention Centre. Our tour guide, Rod MacLean took the group all around the building and gave us some fascinating insight into the everyday running of the building.
The Convention Centre was redesigned and expanded ahead of the 2010 Winter Olympics and cost a total of $830m dollars to build. The building is designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible and features several designs to help it achieve this goal.
First of all, the building recycles and reuses all its water, meaning that it doesn’t need to take clean water from elsewhere. The building features an elaborate 5 stage processing plant that water passes through to take it from unusable to drinkable.
Throughout the building all the carpeting is squared, meaning that if one square gets damaged or stained, it can be removed and replaced easily, and would not involve elaborate cleaning or replacing large spaces of carpet.
The Convention Centre is also home to four bee colonies, each containing about 60,000 bees. The honey from these colonies is used in the kitchen to help prepare meals for the events.
The Vancouver Convention Centre has become one of the iconic buildings in downtown Vancouver and I leader in being environmentally sustainable. Thank You once again for a fantastic tour, Rod.