Omnicron AEC, Ltd is a full-service design/build firm with architecture, engineering, and construction staff all under one roof. As part of its effort to be at the forefront of sustainable design practice in Canada, Omicron used its own office renovation to advance and showcase its sustainable design and construction expertise. The renovated office space was treated as a laboratory for testing and observing sustainable products and practices over time. Among multiple strategies to minimize waste, the company reused building materials from their previous office space as well as other sources. In total, 27% of their building materials came from their previous office space alone; well exceeding the requirements for LEED-CI Material Reuse credits 3.1 & 3.2 (the project ultimately received LEED CI Gold level certification). Omicron also highlighted the potential for creativity in reusing materials by crafting their boardroom conference table with lumber salvaged from a collapsed logging bridge. Today, Omicron continues to use the office as a teaching tool to educate visitors and staff alike through self-guided office tours and a company blog.
Reclaimed Materials (by application): Furnishings
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Date of Completion: 2004
Architect: Omicron AEC, Ltd.
Client: Omicron AEC, Ltd.
Contractor: Omicron AEC, Ltd.
Omicron AEC Project Description