PECHET and ROBB studio limited

False Creek Energy Centre Stacks

The False Creek Energy Centre is an innovative heating plant that produces domestic hot water and space heating for the new Southeast False Creek community. The water is heated by sewage heat recovery, with peak loads met by low-emission natural gas boilers.

Our studio was retained by Sandwell Engineering to design the required emissions stacks as a community amenity. It seemed significant that the FCEC will be heating people by transfering existing body heat. We honoured this fact by investing the stacks with a human quality. At the top of each finger-like stack (5-6 stories high) is a fingernail-like LED light fixture, which is activated by the operations of the facility – blue/cool to red/hot. Stacks of glass bead blasted stainless steel.

Location:Vancouver, BC
Client:the City of Vancouver
Completed:2009
Studio Team:Stephanie Robb
Matt Hessey
Gabe Daly
Michael Fugeta
Bill Pechet
Project Team:Sandwell Engineering Inc.
Walter Francl Architecture Inc. (building)
Pechet and Robb art and architecture ltd.
(stacks)
Eckford + Associates landscape architecture
Builder:West Pro Constructors Group
Photos:Grunert Imaging
Links:vancouver.ca/sustainability/building_neu.htm