What’s SCUP? Post secondary officials admire Calgary’s EEEL

What’s SCUP? Post secondary officials admire Calgary’s EEEL

Friday, May 23 marked the Society for College and University Planning’s (SCUP) 2014 Pacific Symposium. The symposium was held in Calgary where the University of Calgary’s Energy Environment Experiential Learning (EEEL) acts as a living breathing benchmark for sustainable design.

The building itself is student centric, providing opportunities for hands-on and experiential learning in both individual and collaborative settings. The LEED Platinum, 24,619 sq. m. five-storey building provides instructional space for expanded programs in energy and environments, new laboratories for science and engineering, as well as space for the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE).

EEEL serves as a learning environment demonstrating that nothing is truly ‘thrown away’ and 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. As a result, is a facility that showcases off-the-shelf technology, melded with advanced energy reduction features, to enhance the user experience and the owner’s operational flexibility.

“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.”

President Ellard’s comments were affirmed when SCUP announced the Pacific Symposium would include a campus tour of EEEL led by the original project team, including DIALOG architect, Jim Goodwin.

One of the most energy-efficient laboratory buildings in North America, EEEL is one of only 29 buildings across Canada to achieve LEED Platinum certification, with only four of those buildings on Canadian university or college campuses.

EEEL is no stranger to SCUP. In 2012, the facility was awarded the SCUP/AIA-CAE Honour Award, Excellence in Architecture for a New Building. This is one of six major design awards since the EEEL facility opened September 2011.

SCUP is a community of senior, higher education leaders who are responsible for, or are involved in, the integration of planning on their campuses and for the professionals who support them. The Pacific Region includes Alberta, British Columbia, and Yukon; along with 14 western states and parts of Mexico.

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