The Shaw Centre
The Shaw Centre is an architectural icon in the heart of downtown Ottawa, Canada’s capital. The centre is fully accessible with leading-edge technology infrastructure and environmentally sustainable features and practices recognized industry-wide. Within walking distance of national sights, historic landmarks and 6,000 hotel rooms, the Shaw Centre is an easy 20-minute commute from the award-winning Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.
Awards and Certifications
In 2013, The Shaw Centre was awarded LEED Gold certification. It is the highest achievement of environmental friendliness in terms of Sustainable Site Development, Water Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Material Selection and Indoor Environmental Quality.
The OCC saves 969,000 gallons of water each year by harvesting rainwater from the roof, which is stored in a cistern below the building. 97% of materials from the demolished Congress Centre were diverted from landfill. The Shaw Centre used recycled steel to build the roof trusses, and logs from the bottom of the Ottawa River to make the Wall of Three Rivers. Because of its panoramic glass design, the OCC saves energy by letting in natural daylight.
The Shaw Centre has achieved AIPC Quality Standards Gold Certification with the successful completion of an audit by the designated external auditor for AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres). The Shaw Centre joined a group of 20 AIPC convention centres worldwide that have successfully achieved this level of international certification. The program assesses a convention centre's rigorous management, adherence to specific quality standards and level of interest in continuous improvement.
The architect of the Shaw Centre is Ritchard Brisbin of BBB Architects Ottawa Inc. As described in a Globe and Mail article published at the time of the unveiling:
"Many of the original details, including pleated origami-inspired handrails and a champagne bar in the main elevator, have fallen like wheat in front of a combine. Still intact are recycled wood cladding on parts of the interior walls and escalator shaft, as well as an egg-shaped pod that contains the washrooms and rises to the centre's top, fourth floor. The flood of natural light and the monumental front rooms mean that finding your way around is intuitive."