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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. 

EEEL Building SW corner

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:

April 13, 2012:  EEEL featured in Construction Canada magazine, the publication of Construction Specifications Canada: LINK

March 14, 2012:  EEEL featured in Architect Magazine, the publication of the American Institute of Architects. LINK

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

    Visit your new building and enjoy!
  • June 8, 2011:  ALMOST DONE!  Occupancy is just a few months away and the university team is deep into move planning while our construction team puts the finishing touchs on the building & wow! what a building:

North Facade


    • March 7, 2011!  Wow, past time for an update - but why not just visit the building!  Tours are now available to the university community:  Tours are over, sorry - you need to wait for Opening now!
    • November 4, 2010:  The EEEL Project is entering its third winter of construction!  The building envelop is weather tight and installation of the sun protection systems is nearly complete. The angled and horizonatal sun shades are all installed, and the green vertical shutters are being added this week:
      Shutter installation, South Facade


Shutter installation, South Facade
  • August 27, 2010:  Campus Drive, weathering permitting, will open September 1, 2010 as scheduled.
  • August 27, 2010:  Building exterior is almost complete:

    EEEL on Aug 26, 2010


  • August 2010: work continues:  the landscaping is progressing and Campus Drive will open fully for the beginning of the fall semester. Exterior work in progress includes the roof 'eyebrow', the glazing of the double height spaces, roofing, and the completion of the east facade. The red crane will be removed in mid-August. Interior work is galloping ahead with casework starting to arrive for the labs. Photos...
  • July 27, 2010:  Announcement: Class of 2010 leaves legacy gift on campusEEEL art work.
  • May 20, 2010:  work continues:  the curtain wall is almost complete, the roof is underway. Interior fitouts are proceeding.  Campus Drive is closed and the landscaping is progressing.


South facade and landscaping
  • March 31, 2010:  summer construction closures start May 1:  Campus Drive closes again... details
  • March 17, 2010:  Tradeline Report 
  • March 17, 2010:  Work continues: curtain wall application has reached the third floor. 


West Facade 17 March 2010

  • February 5, 2010:  CCIT Expansion for In Situ Energy research opens. Details...
  • February 1, 2010:  work continues! Interior floor concrete topping for Level One is complete and being polished. The second floor topping is underway. The demonstration lab is framed and casework has been ordered. The curtain wall is in production and the first panels will arrive this week. Photos...


Background and First Project Announcement:

Energy. Environment. Experiential Learning.

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:

  • Much needed additional space to accommodate the 1,000 students in the suite of energy and environment (E&E) undergraduate and graduate programs that result from our successful Enrolment Planning Envelope (ACCESS) application in 2006
  • New undergraduate biology and chemistry laboratories for students
  • Additional space in various Faculties, Schools and Departments, configured in the ways needed to accommodate their expansion and growth
  • Updated heating and cooling systems to support our capital program

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