Designed by Perkins+Will Canada
The existing facility underwent significant additions and renovations to accommodate the rapid growth of the University's engineering program. The project was separated into two phases; an expansion on the south and north ends of the complex and substantial renovations to the existing buildings in between. The final product provides the Faculty of Engineering with the much needed research, studio, labs, machine shop and common spaces. It also pulls together the various existing structures into one cohesive facility. Phase I was completed in 2010 and Phase II in 2014.
The diverse spaces within the complex provided the opportunity to design a number of different mechanical systems. Four different types of heat recovery were implemented which also serve as a teaching will tool for the students. As well, the three storey tower addition on the campus' central plaza is conditioned with "chilled beam" technology and includes an experimental rooftop laboratory where air samples from fume hoods and water samples from different species of "green roofs" can be collected and analyzed by the students.