Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
2009 Best Tall Building Americas
Manitoba Hydro Place

Manitoba Hydro Place, Winnipeg, Canada
Client: Manitoba Hydro
Building Type: Office, Retail
Date of completion:  December 2008
Total Area: 690,000 sq. ft. (64,103 sq.m)
Total Height / Floors: 377 ft. (115 m) / 22
Architect:  Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects / Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Incorporated
Energy Engineers:
Transsolar Energietecknik GMBH
Structural Engineer: Halcrow Yolles
MEP Engineer: AECOM (formerly Earth Tech)
Contractor:  PCL


Manitoba Hydro Place, stands apart as the first of the next generation of sustainable buildings that use simple, time-tested and repeatable concepts in conjunction with science and technology to achieve a “living building” that interprets and reacts to its physical environment. An advancement over the traditional method to achieve energy savings – of isolation from the elements through highly insulated and sealed construction, Manitoba Hydro Place achieves this next generation design by creating architecture that is designed to be responsive to the client’s vision and scope while optimizing the use of passive free energy by establishing “communication” between the inner and outer world, all without compromise to human comfort.

Using an unparalleled approach to traditional sustainable design, a combination of wind, sun and temperature data was analyzed in conjunction with architectural and engineering concepts to determine the design and physical elements necessary to achieve the energy saving targets and other principles committed to by the project team. Th is set the direction for the building’s placement and location on the site, and the criteria to evaluate architectural and engineering systems for design options being considered.  Every feature of Manitoba Hydro Place is integrated to achieve an unprecedented 60% energy savings over a typical large office tower.

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For more information on Manitoba Hydro Place please visit the building website.