The Greenstone Government of Canada Building, completed on time and within its budget, is home to about 200 government employees staffing 14 government agencies. Among the offices housed in the Greenstone is Service Canada, which offers several government services in one location.
Using an integrated design process, the project team created a building that reflects Yellowknife's mining heritage and its position on the West Bay Fault and that offers the community downtown green spaces.
The Greenstone includes many environmentally responsible features, most notably a photovoltaic curtainwall capable of generating 5% of the building's electrical consumption and a green roof that collects rainwater for nonpotable water use. Building materials were chosen for their durability as well as their recycled content and local availability.
According to Public Works and Government Services Canada, the Greenstone's energy conscious design will save Canadian taxpayers an estimated CA$110,000 in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gases by approximately 372 tonnes (410 tons) annually.
The building is expected to achieve at least a Silver rating in the Canada Green Building Council's LEED(r) for New Construction Rating System.