The Williams Lake Band (T’exelcemc) has a new two-storey hybrid mass timber administration building that serves as the administrative hub for the 857 members of the T’exelcemc, also known as the Williams Lake First Nation (WLFN). The building has offices on both floors and features a council chamber, display area, and cubicles. In addition to serving as the headquarters for the Nation’s elected leadership, the building also includes a cultural exhibit space and an archeological laboratory. The building offers a full range of services, including education, healthcare, and economic development, for the community.
The new Williams Lake Band (T’exelcemc) administration building has been designed with operational sustainability in mind, incorporating advanced mechanical and HVAC systems to maximize efficiency. These systems include dynamic heat recovery, increased ventilation, and sophisticated control systems. The building’s heating and cooling system is a 4-pipe fan coil system that uses two 15 ton Samsung outdoor DVM heat pump chillers for the first stage of heating and cooling. Gas boilers provide a second stage of heating if needed during the winter. Each heat pump chiller is connected to a three-way valve that diverts the flow to either the chilled water or heating water depending on demand. This setup allows for both units to be used for heating, both units for cooling, or one unit for heating and the other for cooling.
Architecture, Construction & Design Awards 2022