Client: Fortis BC Alternative Energy Services

Architect: Perkins+Will Architects (Ryan Bragg)

Developer: PCI Developments Group

Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Complete February 2016

Reference: Ryan Dibai, Fortis BC 1.604.293.8540

The Marine Gateway District Energy System (DES) project is centered on the Marine and Cambie intersection in Vancouver, BC. Fortis Energy Inc. BC (FEI) had previously engaged DEC to study the feasibility of District Energy, prepare Concept and Detail Designs, and to prepare supportive documentation required for FEI’s submission to BCUC.


The concept for the DES includes the potential expansion to adjacent sites as part of a neighbourhood precinct. The PCI Marine Gateway development is the first development to connect to anchor the Cambie Corridor DES.  The PCI Marine Gateway building, designed by Perkins + Will, is a multi-use, multi storey commercial/residential complex that includes approximately 330,000 square feet of residential space, 240,000 square feet of office space and 220,000 square feet of commercial area. The commercial space consists of a grocery store, movie theatre, and retail locations among others. The project is pursuing LEED Gold certification.


Several iterations of DES feasibility study were performed by DEC for the Marine Gateway project and an ambient temperature District Energy Sharing System (DESS) approach was selected to maximize thermal energy recovery and sharing for heating, cooling, and domestic hot water.

As the Prime Consultant and Mechanical Engineer of the DES related services, DEC is providing the engineering and project management expertise to design and construct the district heating and cooling infrastructure, as well as providing design support for the interconnected buildings.