Lakehead University – Orillia Campus

Completion: September 02, 2010

Location: Orillia

Total Construction Value: $30,000,000

Size: 61000 sq. ft.

Phase 1 of Lakehead University’s new Orillia campus is the first LEED Platinum university campus in Canada. Kelson played a key part in the leading-edge sustainability features. The 61,000-square-foot three-storey building uses the latest in ground source heat transfer technology, with 120 bore holes to a depth of 120 metres. We installed a rain water collection system, in which the rainwater stored in a pond feature is cycled into the building, UV treated, and used for all sanitary fixtures. The first floor houses a 200-seat auditorium, four 60-seat auditoriums, and an open concept learning commons all with in-floor heating. The second floor contains classrooms, offices, and a UPS server room, where two 100,000 BTUh cooling units provide cooling for Lakehead’s computing needs. The third floor is a central lab with offices on the perimeter. Within the lab area we installed a reverse osmosis machine, and piping to lab benches for natural gas, vacuum, and hot and cold water.

Mechanical Systems

The core mechanical room is located in the basement, with twelve heating and cooling pump skids, two air handling units, one chiller, eight heat exchangers, and two hot water boilers. A secondary mechanical room on the third floor has an additional four air handling units units and a steam boiler. Other mechanical highlights include:

  • Geothermal field consisting of 120 bore holes
  • In-floor radiant heating
  • Dual duct variable air volume boxes for fresh air and supply air
  • Rain water storage system