The building will be designed and constructed utilizing an insulated envelope, sustainable material selection, and on-site geothermal and photovoltaic energy generation.
It will be a net-zero energy building with a goal of net-positive energy production that would allow surplus energy to be used to charge fleet and public electric vehicles (EVs).
The project will serve Parks Canada’s primary operations base to ensure this national marine conservation area’s ecologically sustainable use and cultural heritage for generations to come, reports the national agency.
Finn Way General Contractor Inc., located in Thunder Bay, Ont, was awarded the construction contract. The centre is anticipated to open in 2026.
The federal government announced it will invest $37 million in funding to construct the administration and visitor centre for the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.