New “green” TransCanada Centre opens to serve Manitoba community of Île-des-Chênes.
Residents in and around Île-des-Chênes, Manitoba, 10 minutes south of Winnipeg, are enjoying a new, state-of-the-art, multi-use community facility, built with support from a $100,000 TransCanada Partnership grant. The TransCanada Centre was officially opened Nov. 3, showcasing its award-winning environmentally advanced technology.
The 30,000 square-foot (2,787 square-metre) TransCanada Centre received silver certification for Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED), a designation reflecting the building’s sustainability and environmental health, awarded by The Canadian Green Building Council.
Helping to build vibrant communities.
“TransCanada’s support of this outstanding facility reflects our vision of being a North American community infrastructure leader,” says Peter Kruselnicki, TransCanada’s vice president, Stakeholder Relations. “We are working to bring communities together and create long-term sustainability in the neighbourhoods where our people work and live.”
TransCanada Centre will benefit many in the community by offering programs for seniors and children and serving as a public fitness centre. It provides meeting space and banquet facilities for 500 guests, complete with a commercial kitchen. The centre includes a bilingual daycare for 94 children with room to expand as the community grows. Eventually the centre is expected to house medical and dental services.
“It complements our good-neighbour policy.”
“This is a very strategic community for us,” says Steve Loney, TransCanada’s Aboriginal and Community liaison, Central Region. “Île-des-Chênes is next to TransCanada’s compressor station 41, our largest facility in the Central region. The new community centre is beside our right-of-way for the Canadian Mainline natural gas pipeline.”
“This community has been growing with TransCanada for some 50 years and many of our employees live in the area,” says Steve. “When the community approached us in the planning stages of this project, we realized immediately that it complements our good-neighbour policy of helping build sustainable communities.”
The Central Region provided a $50,000 community investment grant which was matched by a $50,000 TransCanada Partnership Grant. The region also committed to help with another $50,000 in fundraising. Through this level of funding TransCanada received naming rights for the facility.
“We insisted the signage be bilingual since the community is bilingual,” says Steve. “The TransCanada Centre sign gets great exposure on the highway.”
Geothermal system won a 2012 National Sustainable Communities Award.
The facility garnered the LEED® designation for its many environmentally sustainable features that range from bike racks and showers to encourage alternative transportation to the use of high performance windows and increased insulation.
The TransCanada Centre energy savings are expected to be about 60 per cent, compared to similar non-green facilities. The building is tied to the district’s geothermal system, which also heats and cools the local arena and fire hall. The system has a geothermal earth energy field consisting of 504 boreholes, two lines per hole, 18 meters (60 feet) deep. The geothermal system won a 2012 National Sustainable Communities Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Almost the entire community turned out to celebrate opening.
Almost the entire community turned out for the grand opening that included a dinner and dance with a live band. The ribbon cutting was attended by Federal MP Vic Toews and Provincial MLA Ron Lemieux. TransCanada’s representatives included Randy Schmidgall, director Central Region; Barry Adamson, area manager, Agassiz, and Steve Loney.