CALGARY, April 4, 2013 /CNW/ - The University of Calgary's Energy Environment and Experiential Learning (EEEL) Building has recently been certified with LEED® Platinum status. The EEEL building was designed by the architectural and interior design team led by DIALOG and Perkins+Will, and featured mechanical engineering innovations from the DIALOG engineering team. EEEL is one of the largest LEED platinum certified laboratory buildings in North America.
"The building incorporated many architectural and engineering strategies to increase energy efficiency," said Jim Goodwin, Principal at DIALOG and Project Architect for EEEL. "The LEED platinum certification is certainly a great recognition and credit to all the hard work of the project team."
"The design of EEEL centres around a grand 'social stair' and five-storey atrium, which brings an enormous amount of daylight into the building," adds Peter Busby, Principal, Perkins+Will, the Design Architect of the project. "This not only plays into the energy efficiency of the building but also creates an inviting space that the students have embraced."
EEEL is a student centric building designed to provide opportunities for hands-on and experiential learning in both individual and collaborative settings. Situated on the north end of the University of Calgary campus, the EEEL building brings together multiple departments in the Science and Engineering faculties, promoting cross-pollination, integration, and collaborative research. The building features a modular lab and classroom layouts that put science on display: the interior glass corridor walls allow students a view into the labs, classrooms, and theatres to observe and develop curiosity about what is being taught.
"We are extremely proud of the EEEL building," comments University of Calgary Vice President Bob Ellard. "The EEEL building is a perfect example to showcase the university's commitment to sustainability, and we are very happy to receive LEED platinum status for the building."
Administered by the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), is an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED Certification is based on performance in five key areas of human and environmental health, including sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. There are four possible levels of certification, certified, silver, gold and platinum.
DIALOG has a track record of award-winning integrated building design and planning with a focus on the success of our clients and our communities. Working from studios in Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver, DIALOG credits this success to its multidisciplinary teams who employ a unique, collaborative approach to the provision of architectural, engineering, interior design, planning, urban design, and landscape architecture services. For more information please visit www.designdialog.ca, or follow us on Twitter @DIALOG.
Perkins+Will is a multi-disciplinary design firm with over 29 years of experience in Western Canada. The firm is known for design excellence and innovation, approaching the challenges of architectural, interior and urban design with a global vision and unmatched resources. Led by a strong leadership group who provide a range of expertise and diverse perspectives, Perkins+Will is able to maximize its clients' vision, transforming ideas into built excellence, on time and on budget.
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