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The Power of Water: Using a Thermal Bathing Resort to Maximize the Potential of Geothermal Power Production
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In 2011, Calgary, Alberta based Borealis Geopower bought the geothermal rights to the Canoe Reach arm of Kinbasket Lake, near Valemount, British Columbia. New to Canada, a pilot project of a 2 megawatt geothermal power facility will begin within the next five years. The project is a positive addition to the area, as it is a non-polluting energy source with an effluent of clean hot water. This thesis proposes a maximization of this energy source by combining the power facility with an education center and bathing facility. Included in this bathing experience are ancillary cabins and paths to promote the users’ interaction and enjoyment of the project and landscape. Finally, this thesis develops a material strategy, choreographing the visitors’ experience of the geothermal resource within the site’s mountainous topography.