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Designed by B+H Architects
Photos by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography
The new Centre for Engineering Innovation at the University of Windsor houses several of the engineering faculties which require computer labs, heavy labs and robotics labs. The facility contains eight classrooms, over a dozen student meeting spaces, and more than 300 computer workstations. The centre also has three large lecture theatres. This project is targeting LEED Gold Certification.
For the north half of the building, the HVAC system encompasses the central atrium, which is used as a common relief plenum from the surrounding thermal mass (pre-cast concrete) supply air delivery system. Slabs are either pre-heated or pre-cooled at night with ambient outside air in an effort to maintain comfort levels for as long as possible before requiring steam or chilled water from the campus central plant. In addition, centralized heat recovery air handling units complete with enthalpy wheels pre-heat/pre-cool the ventilation air to reduce annual energy usage.
Some other features include, displacement ventilation in the lecture theatres, carbon dioxide monitoring, low flow fixtures, radiant heating in the atrium, storm water re-use for flushing of water closets and urinals, and variable speed pumping.