Manitoba Hydro Place: Climate Responsive Architecture Consortium

Canadian firms, KPMB Architects and Smith Carter Architects + Engineers, and German climate engineering experts, Transsolar of Stuttgart, have come together to form an Integrated Design Consortium. Combining award-winning architecture, world-renowned climate engineering and technical expertise, the Consortium will leverage the innovations of Manitoba Hydro Place and lessons of the Integrated Design Process to assist organizations in building climate responsive, green buildings that prioritize human comfort and contribute to building vibrant cities.


KPMB Architects of Toronto was chosen from eight international firms to develop the signature architectural design of the new head office. KPMB is known for its consistency of architectural excellence through a diversity of project experience. KPMB has won over 100 awards, including ten Governor General's Awards, Canada's highest architectural honour. As design architect, KPMB was responsible for developing the overall design concept and setting the architectural vision for the project.


Smith Carter Architects and Engineers Incorporated of Winnipeg was named as the Executive Architect in 2004. Smith Carter is an international leader in the integrated design and engineering of the world's most complex buildings and environments. The integrated architecture and engineering practice is well versed in project management and delivery of technically challenging buildings using an integrated design process. The firm has received critical acclaim for the design of its Canadian headquarters, SC3, including a Governor General's Medal in Architecture and LEED Platinum Certification from the CaGBC. As the Executive Architect for Manitoba Hydro Place, Smith Carter managed and facilitated a large and geographically diverse integrated design team composed of client, consultants, and constructors, within the context of aggressive quality objectives and a fast-track delivery schedule. Working closely with the design architect, Smith Carter translated design intent into the technical details required for construction, and coordinated the preparation and production of sequential bid and construction document packages. Working closely with the construction manager, Smith Carter remained engaged throughout all project phases to bridge concurrent design and construction activities, maintain inter-disciplinary coordination, and to ensure field issues were promptly and accurately addressed.


Transsolar of Germany was chosen by Manitoba Hydro as energy and climate engineer for the project. Transsolar is the world's foremost climate engineering firm, drawing on engineering principles and a range of climate and energy considerations to influence design. The firm is internationally recognized for its approach, which strives for the highest possible comfort in the built environment with the lowest possible impact on the environment. Transsolar's input early in the design process provided a balance of integration of building systems within a larger urban and environmental context and ensured the interdependance of features such as natural daylight and ventilation, air quality, temperature and acoustics for the ultimate comfort of the building's occupants. Transsolar's unique approach is accomplished by developing and validating climate and energy concepts and recommending the best design choices for maximum energy conservation and comfort of staff in the work environment.