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16CE - Manitoba Hydro Place: Lesson Learned

08 May 2014 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

3 ConEd learning hours

This session is also offered on Thursday, May 8, 2014 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Course Outline

Manitoba Hydro Place, designed and delivered through a formal IDP, offers a new way to think, design and deliver climate-responsive, resilient architecture in the 21st century. Three years after opening, it has surpassed all of its original objectives inclusive of LEED Platinum (originally Gold) and 60% energy savings (current 65%). Key is the climate responsive design developed through the IDP which shifted the challenge of the city’s extreme climate into an opportunity for optimizing passive energy. Representatives from the core IDP behind the innovative, paradigm-shifting design solution including the client, the architect, and climate engineer will deliver an intensive case study on the IDP process. They will also demonstrate how the project offers an expanded the concept of sustainable, environmentally responsible design which prioritizes city building and architectural excellence in the interest of improving the human experience.  

Learning Objectives

  1. To understand the IDP is first and foremost about creating healthy, supportive environments that prioritize the human experience and the individual.
  2. To demonstrate the value of IDP for synthesizing the complexities of making architecture in today’s climate of rapid change related to climate, technology, demographics and the economy while setting a clear path toward sustainability and innovation
  3. To position IDP as a tool for whole systems thinking to achieve design excellence, risk mitigation, operational efficiency, and value creation (social, economic, environmental).
  4. To affirm that the IDP enables architecture to be both poetic and didactic:  one building can make a meaningful difference and it is our collective responsibility - as clients, architects and specialists - to visualize and realize buildings that contribute to making a better world.



Tom Akerstream  B.E.S., B. Arch., M. Arch.

Tom has worked in the field of energy management and sustainability for over 30 years and was the Energy and Sustainability Advisor on Manitoba Hydro’s design team for the corporation’s new Headquarters, Manitoba Hydro Place. Tom has held numerous Board positions including past President of the Manitoba Electric League, founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council, Chairman Power Smart National Research and Development Board and has received numerous awards, most recently the  “Award of Merit” by CSA for his work in energy efficiency and sustainability, the “2012 Green Champion Award” by the Manitoba Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council and the Certificate of Recognition for Energy Efficiency and Renewables - Canadian Standards Association (CSA).  

Mark Pauls, P.Eng., M.Sc.

Mark is the Building Energy Management Engineer for Manitoba Hydro. He was responsible for implementing a Measurement and Verification Plan and optimizing the systems at Manitoba Hydro Place for maximum comfort and energy efficiency. Mark currently oversees the design and construction of new facilities at Manitoba Hydro. He has a Master of Science in Climate Engineering from Danube University Krems in Austria.


Bruce Kuwabara, OC, RAIC, RIBA, OAA

Bruce Kuwabara is a founding partner of KPMB Architects, an Officer of the Order of Canada and recipient of the RAIC Gold Medal. He has contributed to Canadian architecture with such projects as the ground breaking LEED Platinum Manitoba Hydro Place in Winnipeg, Le Quartier Concordia for Concordia University in Montreal, Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto and the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.  He is currently the design architect for projects at Princeton University, Northwestern University, Boston University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Athletes’ Village. He is the first Chair of Waterfront Toronto Design Review Panel and was recently appointed as the new Chair of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal. 


Thomas Auer – Managing Director & Partner 

Thomas is partner and managing director of Transsolar, an engineering firm with offices in Stuttgart, Munich, Paris and New York. He collaborated with world known architecture firms on numerous international design projects. He is a specialist in energy efficiency, user comfort and sustainable urban design. Thomas has developed concepts for buildings around the world noted for their innovative strategies – an integral part of signature architecture. Thomas taught at Yale University and was a visiting professor at the ESA in Paris and other Universities. He speaks frequently at conferences and received the Treehugger “best of green” award in 2010.