USask Prince Albert Northern Gateway Hub


The University of Saskatchewan [USask] purchased the Forestry Centre building in 2018 to allow for the existing USask programs in Prince Albert to be consolidated into one building. The new building includes programs which are currently located in 3 separate locations. Programs offered include Medicine, Dentistry, Arts & Science and first year offerings in Kinesiology and Nutrition. The facility is viewed as the creation of a campus “hub” which consolidates existing programs but also will integrate new programs into a centralized learning and community-based hub.

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Service completion: November 2020
Scope of services: Existing Building Commissioning of major renovations and upgraded HVAC
Size: 30,000 sq.ft., $4.7 million renovation budget
Building systems: Mechanical systems included a new air handling unit (c/w ECM fan walls and heat pipe reclaim), lab exhaust fans, radiant heating and cooling panels, chilled beams, and a new boiler.

Commissioning of this project revealed countless programming issues and omissions with respect to the controls system.  For several zones, occupancy sensors that were required to control VAVs and zone radiant heating and cooling panels were missing (i.e. not installed).  Thermostats were not programmed or were locked out.  Static commissioning revealed piping issues with chilled water supply and return lines piped backwards.  Commissioning this building with the intensive renovation was crucial to integrate old and correct new systems.

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