Located in Kamloops, BC, Thompson Rivers University Old Main Building had been the heart of campus life. In 2011, the school initiated an expansion building project to add over 40,000 square feet of learning space. The four storey space would house a library, teaching areas, office space, and study centre.
Complete with a living green wall that stands 49’ tall and 15’ wide, the building was designed to incorporate open concrete style construction which meant all electrical conduits needed to be hidden inside the slabs and very little conduit on the surface on the concrete. In total, approximately 40,000 feet of conduit was installed in the slabs and less than 1,000 feet of conduit was installed on surface throughout the building.
Houle completed many features for the Grand Hall, a large multi-use area used for conferences and large gatherings. Houle designed the audio video system which included four projection screens and surround sound system. Houle also designed and installed a dimmable lighting system, LED perimeter lighting, LED rope desk lighting, and complete Wi-Fi system.
With very few finished electrical drawings at the beginning of the project, Houle was asked to design the first two floors of the building plus the risers to the third and fourth floor. This 16 month project generated over 500 request for information and 380 site instructions.