Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Great Northern Way

New Build



  • Critical Backup Power – UPS/Generators
    Whether you need an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for emergency power to a load when the input power source or main power fails and/or a generator for your backup power supply, Houle can supply, install, test, and maintain your facilities' UPS and/or generator.
  • Electrical
    From preconstruction to construction to post project support and service, Houle provides all your electrical construction and renovation needs.
  • Fire Alarm
    Houle can upgrade, replace, and/or install an existing or new fire alarm system at your facility.
  • Lighting & Lighting Controls
    Houle can design a lighting scheme that automatically turns on and off based on motion sensor activation and/or set scheduling. Features can include daylight harvesting, occupancy and vacancy detection, shade control, scheduling, scene control, energy monitoring, and remote access.
  • Power & Distribution
    Houle brings our clients comprehensive power and distribution capabilities for all building and infrastructure needs.
  • Structured Cabling

Scope of Work

Completed: 2017

Owner: Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Founded as the Vancouver School of Art in 1925, Emily Carr is the only specialized post-secondary institution in British Columbia offering programs in Fine Arts, Media Arts and Design exclusively. Having long outgrown its current Granville Island Campus, the new 286,000 square feet Great Northern Way Campus is located at Great Northern Way and East 1st Avenue in Vancouver. The site of the new Emily Carr Facility comprises of 3.4 acres west of the new Centre for Digital Media. The new building, designed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards, was delivered as a Public Private Partnership (P3) through Partnerships BC.

Houle was a design-assist partner with other major trades, consultants, and the general contractor. With the exception of the mechanical control system, Houle installed all of the major systems in the building. Trade scopes that Houle was responsible for included:

  • lighting and an adaptable lighting control
  • power distribution system which started with a medium voltage 25kV incoming system down to sub distribution panels, standalone shop panels, and mechanical systems
  • installation of the emergency system at the University which consists of a generator/transfer switch system that powers all of the emergency lighting, communications systems, life safety, and security systems
  • installation of data communication system throughout the University
  • installation of wall communication outlets throughout the Campus
  • installation of fire alarm system which is a fully programmable system