The project involved the complete renovation of the building’s exterior envelope including a new rain-screen cladding system and new windows. The building, which was designed as head offices and trade school for the Mental Health Association, was experiencing severe staining as well as water ingress and mould issues. For the sake of the health of the occupants and visitors, it was necessary to reconstruct the exterior.
Green Initiatives include the durable fiber cement stucco on a rainscreen assembly, which will extend the life of the building by a good 50 years. Re-use of the existing building was another benefit, and prevented the bulk of the materials used in its construction from entering the landfill. New windows will increase the insulation value and energy conservation over the original aluminum units. Removing sources of water ingress and the growth of mould and mildew on the interior and in the walls improves the interior air quality of the building significantly.