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Yellowknife Direct Charge Co-op, Yellowknife

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The Yellowknife Direct Charge Co-op is a full service grocery store, designed by PSAV Architects Ltd. in 1993. Increased membership and sales necessitated larger check-out and sales areas. PSAV Architects Ltd. was retained for the design of this addition. The design was developed in the spring of 2002 with construction beginning the following spring. The building was completed in November, 2003.

The addition incorporated a new multi-oven bakery, produce area, sales, check-out and administration spaces. The existing sales area was reconfigured and upgraded to suit the new design. Full height windows at the check-out area take advantage of the west orientation allowing significant daylight penetration.

Energy efficiency is a major concern for grocery stores given the number of coolers and freezers they require. Heat recovery capability was incorporated in the refrigeration and ventilation units. Additionally, the building envelope incorporated an MBM air/vapour barrier with a high value of insulation at roof and walls. 
Energy efficient, low energy consumption mechanical and electrical systems as well as lighting and controls were also incorporated.

Consultant Team:

Architects / Prime Consultant: PSAV Architects Ltd.

Structural Engineers: FSC Architect and Engineers

Mechanical Engineers: Thorn Engineering

Electrical Engineers: FSC Architect and Engineers