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April 2, 2013: The University of Calgary’s Energy Environment Experiential Learning (EEEL) building has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum certification!
Details. EEEL LEED Scorecard.
June 13, 2012: Another award - for Environmental Achievement from the City of Calgary! The University respectfully thanks our community for its support and recognition.
May 31, 2012: more accolades for the design team:
Please join the EEEL project team to congratulate the EEEL design firms – DIALOG and Perkins & Will on receiving not one but two major awards in the past couple of weeks:
- SCUP/AIA-CAE Honor Award, Excellence in Architecture for a New Building: annual juried open/international competition (http://www.scup.org/page/awards/2012/recipients)
- Prairie Design Award of Merit, Recent Works: juried biennial award presented jointly by the architects' associations of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (http://www.prairiedesignawards.com/2012/energy_environment_experential_learning.html)
February 16, 2012: EEEL receives Award of Excellence from the Consulting Engineers of Alberta. Congratulations to our consulting team:
Prime Consultant: DIALOG™
Architecture and Sustainability: Perkins+Will
Structural Engineer: Read Jones Christoffersen (RJC) with DIALOG™
Electrical Engineer: SMP Consulting
Mechanical Engineer: DIALOG™
LEED® Consultant: DIALOG™
Construction Management: Ellis Don Corporation
Project Management: DukeEvans Project Management
Interior Design: DIALOG™ in association with Perkins + Will
Landscape Architecture: 02 Planning + Design
Civil Engineer: AECOM
On July 9, 2007 the Government of Alberta announced that the University of Calgary will receive $260 million to advance the University's Capital Plan. The money will begin to flow immediately and will be received in its entirety over the next five years.
This funding will allow construction of a new building, renovation and modernization of significant portions of space on campus that will be liberated by this new construction, and updates to the heating and cooling distribution system. When completed, these capital projects will result in:
The planning we have done so far suggests that we are best advised to contain the space for the new laboratories and the E&E expansion in one building. There are certain logistical reasons for this, including faster construction and decreased operating costs. But, the primary reason for this decision is academic. To date, we have tended to view ELC and the E&E expansion as distinct. In reality, though, the dominant purpose of both projects is to serve the pedagogical needs of our students and, in particular, to offer additional experiential learning opportunities. So, we are now planning a single building focused on providing space for 1,000 students in energy and environment programs, research activities of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy and enhanced experiential learning opportunities. The easiest way to think about the proposed amalgamated building is that it will support what we have advertised as essential elements of our Academic Plan - new ways of learning, experiential learning and the support of multidisciplinary activity and scholarship.
Mike Boorman, our former Dean of Science, has been leading the planning of the ELC, and has garnered praise from all quarters for his thoroughness and his unrelenting consideration of the pedagogical needs of our students. With this in mind, we have invited Mike to assume responsibility for the planning of the new building, and we are delighted to report that Mike has accepted our invitation.
The proposed building also provides space for many faculty members, staff and their research facilities, particularly those responsible for the supervision and instruction of students in our interdisciplinary graduate programs.
Some of the $260 million goes towards new construction. But, a significant portion of the funding goes to refurbish, for Faculties and Departments, a considerable amount of square footage liberated throughout campus as a result of people and activities that move to new space. This additional space will help these various units accommodate their own growth and physical plant modernization challenges.
The funding announced by the Premier is a very tangible statement of the provincial government's investment in postsecondary education. The money obviously goes a long way to helping us realize our Capital Plan. For the U of C, the capital work that will result from this funding speaks strongly to our commitment to be a research-intensive university that puts it students first.
By the way, you may be wondering why we send out these messages informing the university community so close to the public announcement. The reason is simple. The government asks us to adhere to their timeline for the release of information about government funding and we respect their request.
A good day for the U of C and our students. Thanks for reading.
Harvey P. Weingarten, President
Alan Harrison, Provost