Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 71.76
Liaison Mike Versteege
Submission Date Oct. 10, 2014
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University of Alberta
OP-1: Building Operations and Maintenance

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.63 / 7.00 Hugh Warren
Associate Vice President, Operations and Maintenance
Facilities and Operations
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Total building space that meets "Eligible Buildings Criteria":
1,300,153.69 Square Metres

Building space that is maintained in accordance with sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines or policies but is NOT certified under LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M:
1,300,153.69 Square Metres

Building space that is LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M Certified :
Square Metres

Building space that is LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M Silver certified :
Square Metres

Building space that is LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M Gold certified :
Square Metres

Building space that is LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M Platinum certified :
Square Metres

The website URL where a copy of the institution's guidelines or policies for sustainable building operations and maintenance is available :

An electronic copy of the guidelines or policies:
The date(s) the policies or guidelines were adopted:
Updated version adopted June 2014

A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with sustainable building operation and maintenance guidelines and policies:

The OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE (OM) and UTILITIES units within Facilities and Operations (FO) are primarily responsible for ensuring compliance with the university’s Building Operations and Maintenance Practices and Guidelines. These units guide and inform a team of engineers, technologists, project managers, estimators, operators, and trades people to act as stewards of operational sustainability at the University of Alberta.


Buildings and Grounds Services (BGS) within OM is further organized into three distinct areas, each with a Facilities Services Manager that supervises their area and provides coordination between BGS and other campus service providers.


Energy Management and Sustainable Operations (EMSO) works to minimize the University of Alberta’s impact on the environment by leading the Energy Management Program and acting as a central collaborator with the other units within FO to advance sustainability in Operations.

The Facilities and Operations Sustainability Committee exists to provide another point of collaboration among the diverse staff and management responsible for Planning and Project Delivery, Utilities, Operations and Maintenance, Buildings and Grounds Services, Ancillary Services, and our satellite campuses, and to advance sustainability in university operations.

More details are available on the following websites:
Facilities and Operations:

Facility Services Managers:

Design and Construction Guidelines:

Operations and Maintenance:


The names and certification levels of all buildings that are certified under LEED for Existing Buildings: O&M:

The names of all buildings operated and maintained in accordance with similar sustainable operations and maintenance guidelines and policies:

UAlberta uses BOMA BESt (Building Owners and Managers Association - Building Environmental Standards; www.bomabest.com) for building operations and maintenance.

The following buildings are certified thus far, with levels (out of 4):

● General Services Building (level 2)
● National Institute for Nanotechnology (level 2)
● Students’ Union Building (level 2)
● Triffo Hall (level 3)
● Katz Group Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research (level 2)
● Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation (level 2)
● Heritage Medical Research Centre (level 2)
● National High Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Centre (level 2)
● Zeidler Centre (level 2)
● Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (level 3). ECHA also received the 2014 BOMA Toby and Building Excellence Awards.
● Natural Resources Engineering Facility (in progress)
● Timms Centre for the Arts (in progress)
● TELUS Centre (in progress)

*Note: GSB, NINT, SUB and all Augustana Campus buildings will be re-certified this year and may go up a level. Timms, Telus and NREF are still to be certified this year. Confirm certification levels with Jessie Kwasny before submitting.

● Auxiliary Building (level 2)
● Classroom & Science Building (level 1)
● Convocation Centre (level 2)
● Facilities Building (level 2)
● Faith & Life Centre (level 2)
● Forum Building (level 3)
● Founders Hall (level 1)

Additional Responsible Parties:

Name: Ray Dumouchel
Department: Facilities and Operations
Position: Associate Director, Buildings and Grounds Services

Name: Jessie Kwasny
Department: Facilities and Operations
Position: Waste Diversion Coordinator, Buildings and Grounds Services

Name: Ricardo Moran
Department: Facilities and Operations
Position: Supervisor, CAFM Services Group

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