Kerr Controls installed internet‐connected building automation control systems in the elementary school, middle school, and central plant to automate the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning equipment, and monitor energy consumption.
The scope included: programming the system software, and creating a graphic user interface.
The PEXISEN Elementary and Centre Lellum Middle Schools project was completed in January 2023.The high level of collaboration between School District 62, the general contractor, trades, and engineers was a major contributing factor to the success of the project.
The two schools and central boiler plant were built simultaneously on a large site at 3090 & 3100 Constellation Drive near Westshore Parkway in Langford. The total construction budget was approximately $88.6 million, and the project was targeted to be built to LEED Gold standards with a focus on energy efficiency.
Work began in the spring of 2020 and the 45,200 square foot elementary school with a capacity of 500 students opened in September of 2022. The 68,300 square foot middle school with a capacity of 700 students opened in January 2023.
The attractive architectural design of the schools incorporates many of the surrounding natural elements, such as wood finishes, natural light, and views to the outdoors. To ensure easy access to all areas, features such as elevators, dedicated parking, and gentle outdoor slopes were included in the design. To provide additional value to the community the elementary school includes a Community Learning Centre and space for childcare.
Numerous features were incorporated to maximize the energy efficiency of the schools, including solar energy, geothermal systems, and a sophisticated building automation system. Photovoltaic panels on the roof are expected to provide 5% of the schools’ energy needs. Geothermal systems installed under the school playing fields will provide efficient heating and cooling, and electric backup boilers help minimize greenhouse gas emissions.
The state‐of‐the‐art building automation systems installed by Kerr Controls harnesses modern technology and advanced energy management strategies to optimize energy efficiency while maintaining a comfortable learning environment.