A comprehensive approach to improving tenant experience and environmental performance in a shopping centre
Seton Gateway, a community shopping centre development located in Calgary, Alberta and owned by First Capital Realty, achieved a BOMA BEST Gold certification with an overall score of 86 % in December 2015. Built in 2013, the property, comprising 128,000 square feet, is anchored by a Save on Foods grocery store, Shoppers Drug Mart as well as prominent national tenants including the Bank of Montreal and TD Canada Trust.
This diverse development has incorporated several programs across many environmental categories such as transportation, water, energy, waste, and indoor air quality.
How did we do it?
- Seton Gateway promotes alternatives for individual auto commuting to its tenants and their customers. Efforts to increase bicycle traffic include the introduction of designated bike lanes as part of the roadways within the site parking lot and common areas, a bicycle repair station equipped with tools and a vending machine for bicycle parts. Public transit is also available and is located within 50 meters of the shopping centre.
- Sustainable design features include a number of measures to conserve water and improve storm water quality. Low-flow fixtures were installed in each individual tenant premises. To enhance the overall appearance of the property as well as minimize the need for irrigation, drought-resistant shrubs, plants and grasses were planted. A bio-swale was designed and implemented in the centre of the property which collects storm water from the parking lot and removes silt before discharging it into the storm sewer. This landscape feature was designed to reduce the potential for flooding and improve the quality of storm water leaving the site.
- A comprehensive energy management program was implemented. Energy performance is not only measured by the property manager but also through a third-party service provider who is responsible for paying the energy bills, tracking energy usage and issuing monthly energy reports. Tenants are separately metered for their energy consumption. All exterior building and parking lot lighting utilizes energy saving LED light fixtures. Over 10 percent of the building’s total energy use was supplied by renewable power, through solar panels situated on the rooftops of the multi-tenanted buildings within the shopping centre. The energy produced from the 60 kW solar installation, one of the largest in the province, offsets the cost of illuminating all parking lot lighting and exterior decorative accent lighting throughout the property.
- A comprehensive tenant waste diversion program was implemented to include recycling of plastic, glass and aluminum containers, fine paper, cardboard and newsprint. Typically, the waste diversion rate ranges from 50 to 59%.