Union Gas has officially taken the wraps of its $6.25 million Sarnia Operations Centre with a “ribbon cutting” Tuesday morning.
Steve Baker, the company’s president, was among the company officials that were on hand to mark the occasion, although it’s been several weeks since the company moved in to the new building, located at 140 Business Park Drive, vacating rental space it had occupied for several years on Confederation St. in Sarnia.
The opening also featured a blessing and smudge ceremony by leaders of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation. Elders Pauline Williams and Roger Williams took part in the ceremony.
The building, which took 12 months to finish, brings what was described as “enhanced operability” to the company.
The 11,485-square-foot structure was designed by WalterFedy and Agri-Urban Buildings Inc.
Notable among its features are high-efficiency natural gas boilers and space heaters, a fully insulated warehouse and workshop and fully automated building controls for heating and cooling.
The new facility was constructed to LEED standards, which measures environmental efficiency.
Features also included in-line variable air volume equipment that maintains constant temperature at variable volumes, reducing energy consumption, equipment noise and wear on compressors.
The building also has high-efficiency windows that keep building heat from escaping while preventing the sun’s powerful rays from heating up the building during summer months.