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A video of the renderings from EV3
Green building planned for green school
August 25, 2009
By Jeff Outhit, Record staff
WATERLOO — It seems fitting, to house environment students and faculty in one of the greenest buildings in town.
“We see this building as a chance to fully walk the walk,” said Nick Soave, a fourth-year student at the University of Waterloo. “We’re here to help the environment, and our building needs to show that.”
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Tuesday for the campus expansion, a $20-million project that’s expected to conclude in 2011.
The project will add up to six floors to the fast-growing Faculty of Environment. Two other floors will be renovated.
Soave thanked university administrators for consulting with students and planning the building to high environmental standards. The design is not finalized but here are some features under consideration:
-Two floors of the new building will extend over an existing building. This is a $1-million feature that will shrink its ground-level footprint.
-The building will incorporate high-efficiency insulation, windows and lighting. Plans call for a planted green roof, to absorb stormwater and retain heat. Solar panels are anticipated.
-The building is expected to have low-flow fixtures and water fountains at room temperature, Plans are to recycle rainwater and grey water, to flush toilets and irrigate outside. Smart meters will measure water, steam and electricity use.
-Natural building materials are to be used, rather than artificial materials that give off emissions, such as laminate and plastic particle board. Local materials will be favoured. Construction waste will be minimized. Some trees threatened by the new building have been dug up and replanted elsewhere.
-The building will have features for pedestrians and cyclists, such as bicycle parking.
Environmental features are expected to add up to $400,000 in costs, said Deep Saini, dean of the Faculty of Environment. But there will be a payback, in reduced consumption.
He hopes the showcase building will achieve at least gold status under an environmental certification program. There are only three local buildings rated gold, one in Kitchener and two in Cambridge. The highest platinum certification has yet to be achieved locally.
Building costs are shared by federal and provincial taxpayers and the university.
The environment school desperately needs the new space. By 2012, enrolment is expected to be double compared to 2006. Professors are being hired “virtually constantly” to keep up with the pace.
“We actually can’t hire them fast enough,” Saini said.
A new environment for Environment
Officials will pull out the ceremonial shovels this morning and officially break ground for an expansion and renovation project that’s described as “transformational” for UW’s Faculty of Environment.
The project, says a background information sheet, “will enable environment researchers and students to enhance their vital work in key areas of environmental informatics and geographic information systems; climate change modelling, mitigation and adaptation; arctic research; green entrepreneurship and green business management; applied ecosystem and ecophysiology; and remote sensing, simulation and aviation.”
What they’re building is essentially an expansion of Environment II, the low structure that faces the ring road between PAS and Modern Languages (and that’s attached to Environment I at its other end).
It’s being financed with the help of capital grants — altogether $50 million for three UW building projects — that are coming from the federal and provincial governments under the “knowledge infrastructure” program. It’s designed to stimulate the economy by creating jobs in construction and related fields. The grants, announced in May, will cover about 80 per cent of the buildings’ total cost, with UW obliged to find the rest of the money.
Vice-president (finance and administration) Dennis Huber is spending most of his time these days getting the projects rolling and keeping them on schedule. He said the plan for Environment is to give the existing building (which dates from 1981) a new look and add space by putting a third storey on top of the existing two levels, plus fill in some space to the north of the existing site with a three-storey addition.
The background sheet tells why the expansion is wanted: “In the last several years, the Faculty of Environment has experienced record high rates of growth in student enrolment, faculty members and research productivity. Insufficient facilities, however, have constrained the ability of the Faculty of Environment to meet Canada's needs for basic and applied research, education and training.
“The latest investment of $14 million allows the Faculty of Environment to contribute even more effectively to national environmental solutions and capacity-building efforts, particularly through the new business-oriented School of Environment, Enterprise and Development.”
It quotes environment dean Deep Saini: “This new building, and the subsequent retrofits to the existing buildings, will reflect and demonstrate the environmental aspects of our expertise, research and teaching. Many of our stakeholders have been involved in this project and we plan to use the building's many features to demonstrate and teach environmental concepts in green building.
"With this initiative, and through the resources provided by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario encouragement, the Faculty of Environment has the opportunity to create a green building. We have proposed green features that will allow EV3 to achieve a LEED rating — we are aiming for gold.”
The 52,000-square-foot (5,050-square-metre) Environment 3 will provide classroom and office space for students and faculty members in SEED and the School of Planning. EV3 will increase teaching space, including a 140-seat classroom, seminar rooms and student study areas. There will be also additional office space for graduate students.
The building, complete with an atrium, will be integrated with the two existing buildings to upgrade and expand climate change and ecology laboratories, teaching facilities and project development space. An innovative structure, developed under the leadership of UW's director of design and construction, Dan Parent, will wrap the new structure over the existing Environment 2 building. The actual architect, and the construction company that will do the work on a "design-build" schedule, haven't been chosen yet.
“Green” features of the new building include innovative water management with the use of rain and grey water; a tight energy envelope, solar energy generation, heat recovery systems, smart metering-monitoring controls; ecological resilience in plants used in and around the building; and site planning and aspects to optimize pedestrian access, and day-lighting. As well, it will have innovative features that allow faculty members and instructors to use the building itself as a demonstration site for teaching and research — for example, water, energy, metering and plantings.
This morning’s groundbreaking ceremony starts at 10:00 outside the present building, along the ring road near Modern Languages.
Campus' future buildings taking shape
Clockwise from top left: “Math 2,” Engineering 6, and Environment 3.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for new math, engineering, and environmental buildings have already occurred. These expansions will be seen on campus in March of 2011. Vision 2010, an engineering academic plan created in 2005, guides the development within the faculty. According to the plan, there is demand for three new buildings: Engineering 5, 6, and 7. This improvement would be in addition to the Quantum-Nano Centre. Engineering 5, which is in the construction process (to be completed by March or April of 2010), will be a six-story building located in parking lot B. The first two floors of the building are intended to house the Student Design Centre, where students are credited for the design of the solar car and robotics projects. The department of mechanical and mechatronics engineering will be housed on the first floor, and the department of electrical computer engineering will go on the second. The department of systems design engineering will be located on the top floor. Substantial space for teaching and research will be present in the Engineering 5 building. The cost of this building will be around $55 million.
While the groundbreaking has already occurred for Engineering 6, it is still in the planning stages. It will also be located in parking lot B in close proximity to Engineering 5. Engineering 6 will house approximately 60 per cent of the chemical engineering department which will be transferred out of Engineering 1, whose old facilities have become unsuitable for chemical engineering projects. Both the federal and provincial governments are providing up to 50 per cent of the $42 million project through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP). “The university is working to engage in trying to raise private funds,” said Dean of Engineering Adel Sedra.
The math expansion, a four-storey, 90,000 square foot building, will be located in between the existing math building and the Photovoltaic Research Centre and will house the department of statistics and actuarial science. It will include all required aspects for the department: offices for faculty, graduate students, and research assistants, along with style copy rooms, conference seminar rooms, and research lab space. “We are also going to provide space for undergraduate student clubs,” said Jack Rehder, executive officer for the faculty of math, who also mentions that there are plans to put in a trading room for stock trading. An additional feature which will be seen in the new building is a large theatre-style classroom, located on the ground floor, accommodating approximately 350 students and available for booking by any faculty members. The bridge that currently connects the math building to the Davis Centre will be extended so that there is a link to the new building as well.
The building is expected to be finished by March 2011; however, building commencement is unknown due to a pending building permit. The budget of $23 million for the project should also include the contingent fee as well as renovations. The federal and provincial government are contributing $18 million to the project through the KIP. “The rest of the funding comes from a variety of other sources,” said Rehder, “this includes central university funds and well as contributions from the math faculty and this is because the KIP isn't for teaching but for research.”
A growth in the undergraduate enrolment in the environmental department has caused the need for a new building in the department. “The undergraduate enrolment has doubled in the past three years. It went from 1,200 to 2,000 and is still increasing, in 2012 we are expecting up to 2,200 undergraduates,” says Deep Saini, the dean of environment. The increase in undergraduate students has called for the increase in professors and the requirement for more labs to be created. Inside the building there will be a large foyer with a cafe and a fair amount of common student space. The top floor will have two courtyards.
The new environment building, Environment 3, will be a four-storey building located on ring road and attached by the first two floors to Environment 2 and on the third floor to Environment 1. The top two floors will spread across the top of Environment 2. “We want to keep our footprint on green space as low as possible,” said Saini. The faculty of environment is building to a gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standing. Saini added, “It would be the first to this standard on campus.” The plan is for the building to be only 52,000 square feet.
The groundbreaking ceremony has already happened and we should see digging start in just a few weeks. The cost of the building will be between $19 and $20 million. Of this sum, the federal and provincial governments will be giving $14 million.
Pictures from today Feb 21,2010
Just an update, it was announced that this building is set to be certified LEED Platinum: http://www.environment.uwaterloo.ca/...eans_plat.html
Site photo (April 7):
Probably should change the thread title to "U/C."
Done. Cool artistic shot.
by van Hemessen
Great that my old faculty building is getting an expansion. Looks good.
Welcome to the forum UWaterloo!
So the renders don't include this:
Basically, the architects are holding a contest for the students to design certain spaces of the new buildings.
Also, you need Facebook to view these, but...:
Album of the construction, these will probably be better when some other construction comes into play.
Construction warnings, and a new building
UW Daily Bulletin | Friday May 14, 2010 | http://www.bulletin.uwaterloo.ca/2010/may/14fr.html
We're in for another summer with significant disruptions along the ring road, the plant operations department has announced. From June 10 to July 12, a memo says, the ring road will be closed between Needles Hall and the PAS building parking lot. It's the result of construction on the Environment 3 building, which is already well under way. "Fencing will be erected to allow truss assembly on the road," says the memo. "Several cranes and long trailers will be on site. Pedestrians will be re-directed. Building egress will be maintained from the west side of EV2, along sidewalks to PAS driveway. Signage will be erected on the ring road in advance to notify staff, students and delivery companies." Grand River Transit buses that normally use the west side of the ring road will use the east side, past the Davis Centre, instead, the announcement says.
As the EV3 job progresses, the existing Environment 2 building will be at ground zero — much of the new construction is actually on top of it. Once the big cranes get to work, people can't be inside, plant operations says. "As per Ministry of Labour regulations, no one is allowed inside the building while overhead work is ongoing. Each morning the building will be cleared by UW Police and a representative from Cooper Construction. Access will be allowed after construction stops for the day or if weather makes overhead work unsafe." That will allow researchers to make use of their labs in EV2 during the evening, says Joanne Holzinger, executive assistant for the environment faculty, who’s coordinating arrangements. The lockdown will likely start at the beginning of July and run for no more than a month, she says. New locations have been found for classes that would have been scheduled in EV2 this term, and the MAD unit, the Environment faculty’s computing experts, is moving in to temporary space in EV1. The closed building also contains offices for the department of environment and resource studies: “Most of the faculty members will likely work from home,” says Holzinger. She’s looking ahead to the time when people are safely moved into EV3 and renovations can start in the two older buildings
Too bad they covered the Planning Studio's windows with plywood. I was looking forward to being able to look "into" the building under construction.
They've only slightly covered them. You can still peek through the bottom and top of the windows.
Also this: http://environment.uwaterloo.ca/sust...ces/index.html
There are floor plans for EV3 included in this.....
May 27, 2010
Wow this building looks MASSIVE next to little EV2. Never really had a sense of its actual size until just now. Thanks for sharing.
No kidding. It is a bit more substantially built right now, but walking past it a few days ago, I was kind of shocked at the scale of it.