Engineering 7 building at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Image courtesy: Perkins + Will / Norm Li.
The University of Waterloo’s engineering sector continues to expand with the addition of the “Engineering 7” building to its east campus. A tender call for the project went out in August and completion is scheduled for 2018.
The 250,0000-sq.ft., $68-million building is linked to Engineering 5, which was completed in 2010. The two buildings will be connected by a large seven-storey atrium that will be one of the university’s largest enclosed indoor spaces. It will serve as a student gathering and study space, as well as acting as flexible event space.
Engineering 7 will also be linked by a pedestrian bridge to Engineering 6, which opened in 2011.
Engineering 7 will be home to the Conrad Centre for Engineering Entrepreneurship, the Engineering Ideas Clinic, as well as laboratories, lecture halls and offices for the Departments of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering. It will also house the newly formed Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Systems Design Engineering departments, and the Faculty administration and Dean’s suite.
The design team for Engineering 7 is Perkins + Will architects, with Read Jones Christoffersen (structural engineers), Smith & Andersen (mechanical engineers), Crossey (electrical engineers), MTE (civil) and GSP Group (landscape).