Killarney Seniors Centre celebrates first year with LEED Gold certification
The Killarney Seniors Centre has been certified LEED® Gold by the Canada Green Building Council.
LEED® is an international program for sustainable building design and construction. The Seniors Centre is the sixth facility operated by the Vancouver Park Board to receive LEED® certification and 25th LEED® certified City-owned property to date.
Significant increase in patrons
“We are extremely pleased to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Killarney Seniors Centre with LEED® Gold certification,” said Stuart Mackinnon, Chair of the Vancouver Park Board.
“Not only has the building performed well from a sustainability perspective, it has also resulted in a significant increase in patronage, which tells me our community members are finding value in the facility and the services it offers.”
The centre was designed to achieve 45% energy savings compared to the minimum required to meet building code, through the use of high performance glazing and insulation, heat recovery ventilation systems, efficient lighting, and free cooling through the use of a ground loop cooling system.
Other features that helped the facility achieve LEED® Gold certification include use of low emitting materials for good interior air quality, use of material with recycled content, demolition material diverted from landfill, water efficient landscaping, stormwater management plan, storage and collection of recyclables, and bicycle spaces.
The 10,000 square-foot centre has seen a 20% increase in usage since it opened in June 2018. New partnerships with a variety of organizations bring enhanced programming into the centre, which has reduced transportation and mobility barriers for seniors.
The centre offers a diverse range of programing for seniors External website, opens in new tab, including physical activities for fitness, mobility, strength, and critical illness recovery. It also offers workshops on downsizing, decluttering, stress management and sleep, to name a few.
The hot lunch program is one of the most popular programs. On average, 90 seniors attend the thrice-weekly luncheons.
Features in centre
The facility has five multi-purpose rooms, a roof-top patio, lounge with fireplace and TV, commercial kitchen, and accessibility features including an elevator, hearing loops, auto door openers in washrooms, and distress buttons.
While there are seven seniors centres west of Cambie Street, Killarney is the first community facility dedicated to serving the growing population of seniors in southeast Vancouver. One third of Vancouver’s 55+ seniors now live in southeast Vancouver. According to the 2016 Statistics Canada Census External website, opens in new tab, Vancouver is home to 717,215 seniors.
Funding for the $7.5 million centre came from the Government of Canada, Government of British Columbia, and the City of Vancouver. The Vancouver Park Board provided the land. The Southeast Vancouver Seniors Arts and Culture Centre Society and Killarney Community Centre Society were key supporters of the project.