A LEED Gold Office Building
BC Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) is the province's largest public sector union. The building is named for past BCGEU President George Heyman; it is the first building in Metro Vancouver's Fraser Valley to receive LEED Gold (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
The building is designed with workers' health and well-being in mind. The open glazed frontage pays homage to the welcoming gesture of "O Siem"– open arms by the Coast Salish peoples. The tall lodge poles, open glazing and stone materials symbolize the the province's historic main industries and natural beauty.
Knowledge of the province, of indigenous respect, and environmental design is shared using information panels designed into the welcoming hall. This learning resource is popular with schools and business visitors to this LEED building. In addition to the office space, the building provides meeting spaces and family areas so that union members and guests may enjoy a meal on the BBQ terrace and kitchen dining space that oversees the naturally planted stormwater detention pond.
This detention pond was created to collect building and neighbouring area storm water run-off. A feature water fountain was installed to circulate the water and to help mitigate potential algal and mosquito pest issues.