LEED-ING THE WAY
Operations centre and administration building

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The fourth largest nickel producer in the world, Xstrata was looking for a signature building project to demonstrate its environmental leadership.

Client: Xstrata Nickel
Location: Sudbury, ON
Construction Partner: Hatch-McIntosh
Building Size: 60,000 sq. ft.
Project Timeline: 26 weeks
Awards: First Place, Modular Building Institute Awards, 2010

The LEED® Gold certification of its Nickel Rim South project—which included off-site construction of a critical operations center, locker and shower area for 350 employees, industrial clothes drying facility and two-storey administration building—was a first for both Xstrata and NRB and most likely the modular construction industry overall. The project earned a LEED durable building credit, exceeded the maximum recycled content requirement by 11 per cent and achieved top marks in water efficiency, energy consumption, and innovation and design. But green wasn’t the only priority. By constructing the building in three phases off site, Xstrata had fully commissioned buildings in less than half the time of conventional construction and avoided unnecessary activity on a busy, space-constrained mine site.

"From the very first kickoff meeting to the building’s commissioning, the project was carefully orchestrated so all individual design elements converged to ensure the highest whole building performance would be achieved." LEED Modular Construction Case Study video