University of Calgary – Energy Environment Experiential Learning Centre
A modern undergraduate learning experience
The Energy Environment Experiential Learning (EEEL) project responds to the necessity for modern, high calibre undergraduate learning environments at one of Canada’s leading research universities.
EEEL serves as a learning environment demonstrating that a building has impacts upon itself, its users, the immediate landscape, the region and the world beyond. EEEL was designed as a facility that interacts with the visitor through a science on display theme that attempts to illustrate the concepts of energy use, sustainability, and their effect on the environment. The theme of means teaching spaces are available for view through generous internal and external glazing. Building mechanical, electrical and structural systems are exposed as for teaching and demonstration.
- Calgary, AB
- University of Calgary
Perkins + Will
- DIALOG Services
The facility provides instructional space for expanded programs in energy and environments, new laboratories for biology and chemistry, and additional administrative space.
EEEL incorporates many highly visible sustainable design features including an extensive shading system with automated shades, occupancy controlled lighting systems.
Learning spaces are available for view through the extensive use of interior glass walls.
Mechanical, HVAC and plumbing systems have all been designed to reduce energy use and have minimal impact on the environment.
EEEL is designed to maximize daylight penetration into the learning and public spaces.
The lobby and central staircase allow maximum flexibility for hosting university and public events.
The exterior façade glazing keeps light pollution to a minimum. At night, EEEL emits a warm, welcoming glow, inviting visitors to explore the area.
The building was designed to accommodate an additional 1000 students in energy and environmental programs.
This perspective allows designers to see how the floorplates interact.
This perspective shows how daylight is able to penetrate well into the interior spaces.