SIMPCW First Nation Band


Barrie, BC

Prism is proud to be providing mechanical and electrical engineering and design for the development of a new SIMPCW First Nation multiplex community centre on the North Thompson Indian Reserve near Barrie BC. The goal is to achieve Net Zero Building certification from the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC).

This multiplex will house an administration area, a gymnasium, fitness facilities, and a community hall with a commercial kitchen. The two-story and 3730 m2 facility will also be equipped with 5-6 classrooms for early childhood to middle school education, medical examination rooms, and provide shelter in the case of disaster response.

Through our energy modelling, climate risk assessment, and climate resiliency and adaptation work, we have designed this space to provide occupants safety and comfort in our changing climate.

To achieve the energy performance and net zero carbon requirements of the CaGBC Zero Carbon Design Standards V2, the following energy reduction measures have been designed:

  • High performance, passive mechanical ventilation energy recovery system (ERV) and Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) strategy
  • Geo-exchange heating and cooling system
  • Water source heat pump system for service water heating
  • Energy-efficient lighting design with occupancy and daylight sensors
  • All electric for supplementing heating, cooling, ventilation, service hot water and humidification systems
  • Highly insulated and efficient building envelope

While design is 95% complete, this project is currently awaiting federal government funding as part of the Green and Inclusive Community Building Program.

It has been humbling to work alongside our partners at Unison Architecture to design a gathering place that will enrich the lives of many. We look forward to sharing more when we reach the next project milestone.