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University of Waterloo - Engineering 5 Building


Designed by Perkins+Will Canada
Photos by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography and Lisa Logan Photography

This building is one of the larger buildings on campus and houses the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering (MME), as well as the Department of Systems Design Engineering. At the heart of the building lies the 20,000 square foot Student Design Centre (SDC), a facility for undergraduate research, experimentation and innovation including: work bays, design studios, meeting rooms, student machine shop, three engine test labs, an anechoic testing chamber, and a large computer commons. The upper levels of the building include administrative offices~~ dry labs, classrooms and common rooms~~ workshops and studios.

S + A Services Included:


The HVAC system comprises of several central variable volume air handling units to supply the labs and office areas. Two centralized heat recovery air handling units complete with enthalpy wheels pre-heat/pre-cool the ventilation air to reduce annual energy usage.

Some of the other included features are: carbon dioxide monitoring, low flow fixtures, variable speed pumping, steam heating, semi- instantaneous domestic hot water production. Specialty systems include, welding lab exhaust, wood and composite sanding exhaust, hydrogen fuel cell exhaust and gas detection, and paint booth exhaust and filtration systems.


Waterloo, Ontario

Gross Floor Area

  • 150,000 sq ft

Total Construction Cost

$ 44,000,000

Completion Year



2011 IIDA Global Excellence Award - Best in Cultural/Institutional/Educational