Already recognized by the Canadian Urban Institute with a Brownie Award for Brownfield Development, Station Pointe is a redevelopment of the historic Fort Road Old Town area in Edmonton, Alberta. Phase I of the project is a mixed-use development where people can live, work, shop, and attend community events and programs. The design will include rainwater harvesting, on-site biological water treatment, natural ventilation, passive solar, solar thermal and solar PV, heat recovery, and efficient control strategies. A district energy system will have the potential of energy sharing with future phases of the project and with neighboring industries. Station Pointe is targeting net zero energy useRead More →

This facility is single-story office building that was constructed circa 1976. The building has a total floor area of approximately 58,700 ft². With three major tenants. After completing an analysis of the building’s exterior and interior envelope, heating/mechanical equipment, lighting equipment, windows, doors, and other systems and interviewing the maintenance staff, 3D Energy brought forward recommendations that included: Near Condensing Boiler Upgrade; Outdoor Condensing Unit Upgrade; Variable Speed on AHU Fans; Pneumatic to Electronic Control Conversion; Interior & Exterior Lighting Upgrade; Low Flow Water Fixtures; Insulation Upgrade; Programmable Thermostats; and Heat Recovery. Additionally, 3D Energy made a number of recommendations for end of lifecycle equipmentRead More →

3D Energy was engaged to complete a Detailed Energy Audit (ASHRAE Level 2) on this facility. As the prime contractor, 3D Energy performed the vast majority of the work including the site visit, energy modeling, analysis, and reporting, with some mechanical & electrical support from our sister company Vital Engineering as needed. This recreation multiplex located in Whitecourt, AB includes offices, commercial space, lounge, children’s play area, conference facilities, running track, fitness centre, fieldhouse, and an indoor water park. We identified a total of nine ECMs including air handling unit variable frequency drives, pool variable frequency drives, low flow faucets, lighting occupancy sensors, lighting upgradesRead More →

Biological safety cabinets were added to two buildings: The Cross Cancer Institute and the Walter C. MacKenzie building. Supply air was adjusted within the spaces for increased airflow; new exhaust fans were selected for the rejected air stream, including new Strobic fans for the Cross Cancer Institute. Sensitive balancing, directional airflow, and general VAV upgrades followed as a result. Biological safety cabinet system design has many of the same rigors as fume hood design, except that the BSCs protect the product in addition to the users of the device. Services Provided: Mechanical Engineering Key Highlights/Accomplishments: Pharmacy Air Systems Sector: Institutional – Health CareRead More →

This new school, budgeted at $21,894,000.00, was delivered as a design build for grades 4 through 12 in Whitecourt, Alberta. The project was completed in 2017. The school uses displacement ventilation for cooling and fresh air; building heat is provided by hot water heating to radiant panels from mid-efficient gas fired boilers. Both enthalpy wheels and core type heat recovery ventilators were employed on the air systems. Occupancy controls and demand controlled ventilation were implemented to save operating costs. Services Provided: Mechanical Engineering Services Civil Engineering Services; LEED Energy Modelling Key Highlights/Accomplishments: LEED Gold; Industrial Arts Dust Collector; Science classroom with chemical fumehood; radon gasRead More →

Peerless Lake School is to be a 2,460m2 K-8 facility located in the community of Peerless Lake in northern Alberta. The facility will host 250 staff and students. The project commenced in the fall of 2017 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019. The school is to utilize a variable volume, 100% outdoor air system working in conjunction with perimeter radiant panels. VAV boxes are utilized in each space to maintain temperature and ventilation requirements. Services Provided: Mechanical Engineering Services Key Highlights/Accomplishments: LEED Silver Sector: Institutional – EducationRead More →

NAIT’s metalworking shop purchased a plasma cutter- VEC provided the engineering for the necessary building infrastructure. This included a pulse controlled dust collector, welded industrial exhaust duct, and piping/controls for various exotic compressed gases (specified to medical gas standards). The addition of a spark arrestor permitted the plasma machine to be used on several different types of metal. Services Provided: Mechanical Engineering Services; Electrical Engineering Services Key Highlights/Accomplishments: Fume/Dust Collection System Sector: Industrial; Institutional – EducationRead More →

The carpentry shop at NAIT went through a major overhaul, with existing and new equipment re-configured within the space. Existing dust collectors were retained while most of the exhaust ducts were demolished; new ducts and blast gates run to the new equipment locations. Compressed air connections were also relocated per new equipment configurations. Vital ensured all relevant NFPA, SMACNA and Industrial Ventilation standards were upheld and helped the users develop control strategies to mitigate diversity of loads within the system. Services Provided: Mechanical Engineering Services; Electrical Engineering Services Key Highlights/Accomplishments: Quick Turnaround Sector: Industrial; Institutional – EducationRead More →

This new elementary school, budgeted at $13,694,000.00, was delivered as a design build in Ardrossan, Alberta. The project was completed in 2018. The school uses displacement ventilation for cooling and fresh air; building heat is provided by hot water heating to radiant panels from mid-efficient gas fired boilers. Heat recovering enthalpy wheels were employed on the main air system. Occupancy controls and demand controlled ventilation were implemented to save operating costs. Services Provided: Mechanical Engineering Key Highlights/Accomplishments: LEED Gold Pending, early childhood education classrooms, radon gas mitigation system Sector: InstitutionalRead More →

The ground mount solar array consists of 20 solar modules facing directly south. One DC power optimizer has been installed behind each solar module with conductors connecting the solar array to a single 5.0kW inverter. Equipment Solar modules: 20 Canadian Solar 325-watt solar modules Optimizers: 20 Solar Edge P-400 power optimizers Inverter: Solar Edge 5.0kW inverter Racking: Malina M43 4×5 Services Provided: Design, permitting, engineering, rebate application, installation and commissioning Key Highlights/Accomplishments: Trenching and screw anchor installation for ground mount racking system. Sector: FarmRead More →