University of Ottawa, STEM Complex
Square Footage: 285,000
LEED: Gold Targeted
The STEM Complex is designed to promote cross-pollination between engineering, math, sciences and the arts. The programs are organized around a light-filled public realm that connects students, faculty and researchers in a journey of discovery. With an entire floor dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship, maker spaces are open to the community on weekends creating a vibrant interface between the University and the City of Ottawa.
An existing artwork on the site, “Les Yeux”, by Canadian artist James Boyd, proved inspirational for the design team. With its dot screen rendering of two monumentally scaled eyes, the 1967 mural suggested the common building blocks of art and science. In the wake of the demolition of the original structure, the new research tower’s high performance glass rain screen was used as a canvas to recreate “Les Yeux” using digital technology. The windows to labs and offices are rendered as a series of parametrically designed apertures.
Built using fast-track construction management delivery, the project exemplifies a collaborative approach between design team, client and builder, allowing for an accelerated schedule without compromising design quality and performance. The compact, modular form serves the sustainable design ambitions of this LEED Gold targeted project.