2013 MERIT AWARD FOR COMMUNITY
This new state-of-the-art, purpose-built 13,610 sq. ft. facility in Langford is the first BC Ambulance station to be built as a post-disaster building. The centre has three functions: meeting rooms for BC Health Services and dispatch training, a call/dispatch centre for Vancouver Island, and an operating station housing four ambulances. In the fast growing Westshore community there was a pressing need for this facility, so it was constructed in a location that provides timely access to the Malahat and beyond for more efficient emergency response times. It has a natural backdrop and vaulted ceilings with ample windows to provide natural light within. The facility has its own generator so that it can run without hydro in case of disaster. All electrical is located in the flooring which makes it easily accessible for emergency operations, as well as a secondary battery system which provides an additional 72 hours of power. This building was constructed with green materials, focusing on health and wellness within the structure. Pine beetle wood was used for soffits and portions of the exterior cladding.