Launch Slideshow

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology

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    Diamond & Schmitt Architects

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    Master Plan Site Plan

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    Steve Evans

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    Exterior Copper

    Semple Gooder
    www.semplegooder.com  
    Standing-seam copper cladding
    Can also be used as a roofing product
    Zinc and prefinished curved metal systems are also available
    Part of the NOAH building products division
    Panel systems also available in aluminum and stainless steel

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    EOS Path lighting

    Sistemalux
    www.sistemalux.com
    Die-cast aluminum housing and trim
    Lamping options include quad 26-watt fluorescents
    Housing creates a 10⅞-inch wide profile and recesses 3¾ inches into the wall
    3/4-inch projection from the wall plane
    Attaches with four visible corner screws

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    Tom Arban

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    Tom Arban

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    Steve Evans

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    Brick

    I-XL
    www.ixlbrick.com
    Appears in this project as Redflashed smooth from the Redcliff pressed brick division
    Pressed bricks available in nearly 30 colors, each available in varied facebrick and hollow brick sizes
    Also available are an extruded/wirecut line and eight different textures

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    1600 series curtain wall framing system

    Kawneer
    www.kawneer.com
    Integrated curtain wall
    Outside or inside glazing options
    Condensation water-management capabilities in some systems
    Pressure-glazed units are suited for low to midrise applications
    Smooth appearance achieved with concealed fastener joints and fillers that snap into place in open-backed mullions
    Protected openings meet codes in most regions with wind-borne debris concerns

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    Elizabeth Gyde

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    Periodical shelving

    Trend Millwork and Cabinets
    www.trendmillwork.com
    Custom installation of slatted wood wall divider and periodical shelves
    Also carry out custom installations with metal and glass detailing on a residential and commercial level

    B
    Eglinton lounge chair

    Keilhauer
    www.keilhauer.com
    Legs available in polished aluminum or powder-coat finish
    Tablet arms available in laminate or wood
    Frame is made from kiln-dried hardwood, then padded and upholstered in a geometric shape
    Also available in an armless lounge chair, an ottoman, and two- and three-seater sofas

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    Tightlock rubber baseboard

    Johnsonite
    www.johnsonite.com
    Tapered ??-inch thickness hides damage to wall board
    Available in 3 1/4-inch-, 4 1/2-inch-, and 6 1/2-inchhigh faces for carpeted wall applications
    Comes in 4-foot sections or 75-foot uninterrupted coils for installation in large rooms
    Inside and outside corner pieces available for a crisp finish

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    Sunscreen

    Modern Railings and Metal Craft
    www.mrm-limited.com
    Custom aluminum sunshade
    Company creates custom metalwork for interior and exterior applications
    Various metal options and finishes

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    Petite Nuage wall mounted lighting

    Neo-Ray Lighting
    www.neoray-lighting.com  
    Division of Cooper Lighting
    Provides three light distributions???direct, indirect, and direct/indirect???by switching direct-lamp component of the fixture
    Fluorescent source
    Direct/indirect option gives 35 percent direct light and 65 percent indirect spread
    Each fixture takes two T8, two T5, or two T5HO lamps
    Also useful in classroom and multimedia environments

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    Pendant light fixtures

    Lighting Nelson and Garrett
    Custom pendant fixtures for this space
    Provide general ambient lighting as well as a design element in the space
    Company founded by Chris Nelson

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    Elizabeth Gyde

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    Glass guards

    Inkan
    www.inkan.on.ca
    Custom handrails
    Wood and metal handrail options
    Available with 1/2-inch-, 5/8-inch-, or 3/4-inch-thick tempered glass
    Depending on the installation, provides durability and safety
    Variety of mounting options make for a versatile product

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    Steve Evans

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    Recessed downlights with A12AK reflector

    Lightolier
    www.lightolier.com
    Compact fluorescent source
    4-inch to 8 3/4-inch apertures
    Reflectors to help direct and amplify light output
    Variety of trim finish options
    Precise optics to optimize performance in a space
    Reflectors can be added at time of installation and removed for repair

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    RWC200 raised access floors

    Tate ASP Access Floors
    www.aspmaxcess.com
    Each system features standard and heavy duty panels depending on traffic type
    Systems can leave access for just wire and cable or wire, cable, and air
    Systems include all steel, wood core, and aluminum, among others
    Coverings include carpet tile, PosiTile, and HPL with integrated trim

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    Entropy carpet tiles

    InterfaceFLOR
    www.interfaceflor.com
    Protekt soil/stain protection
    Features 62 percent to 74 percent total recycled content, with 31 percent to 43 percent postindustrial and 31 percent post-consumer
    48 available colorways
    Tiles measure 19.69 inches (50 cm) square
    Tufted yarn weight is 20 ounces per square yard
    Pile is 1/5-inch high

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    Edwards series chair (now called Eden)

    Nienkamper
    www.nienkamper.com
    Lounge seating series characterized by sharp corners and plush cushion
    Three arm options: the Boston, the New York, and the San Francisco
    Seat cushions feature a combination of polyurethane foam, down, and feathers
    Back cushions are down and feather
    Pieces can be upholstered in fabric, leather, or a combination of the two
    Sofa and chair options available

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    Heat Mirror TC88 Glazing

    Southwall Technologies
    www.southwall.com  
    An insulating glass unit with a thin layer of heat mirror film suspended between two layers of glass
    Creates a slightly mirrored finish
    Prevents the majority of the sun’s heat from entering interior spaces, reducing heat gain
    Blocks UV

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    Archetype Exterior Lighting Standard

    KIM LIGHTING
    www.kimlighting.com
    Die-cast aluminum housing with a variety of powder coating options
    Round poles
    Outdoor cutoff luminaire
    Available in 70 to 400 watts in the larger model, up to 175 watts in the smaller
    HID source
    Multiple sizes allows the fixture to be used throughout a site, from parking to walkway to building entry

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    Streamline 6010 Series
    Rebelle Architectural Lighting
    www.rebellelighting.com
    This wall-mounted ceiling washer fixture has a cast aluminum housing with a 4 1/2-inch profile. The source is a metal halide T6 or G12 lamp in 39, 70, or 150 watts. Recessed into the wall is an octagonal junction box and the anchor end of a cantilevered support arm to keep the fixture stable. The source is protected by a 5/32-inch-thick pane of tempered glass, and the fixture is suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Outdoor options are UL listed for wet locations.

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    Campus Key
    A1: Science Building
    A2: Research Laboratory Building
    A3: Business and IT Building
    A6: Library
    A7: Engineering Building
    A9: Automotive Centre of Excellence

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    Insulclad Doors
    Kawneer
    www.kawneer.com
    Doors are 2 1/4 inches thick with options for different stile, top, and bottom rail widths depending on the series. Each door has an extruded PVC thermal break and features dual-moment welded corners. Hardware options include surface-mounted or concealed closers, offset pivots, butt hinges, or continuous gear hinges, as well as a variety of push and pull bars. Seven anodized finishes are available, as is paint in standard or custom colors.

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) is so young that the number of its alumni just recently surpassed the size of its staff. Located in Oshawa, Ontario—less than an hour's drive northeast of Toronto—the new campus opened its doors in 2003. Its current enrollment of 4,300 students participates in more than 30 degree programs.

While the school and its primary facilities are new, its 42-acre campus is grafted onto the north side of a previously existing institution—Durham College. The two complexes couldn't be more different. Durham is housed in a sprawling, architecturally undistinguished series of 1960s-era low-rise structures whose spaces are almost exclusively oriented toward seemingly endless interior corridors.

An initial campus master plan by Toronto-based The Planning Partnership provided the starting point for nearby Diamond + Schmitt Architects' designs. The 121-person firm, with principal Donald Schmitt in charge, designed not only each of the eight new buildings, of which four have been built and two are under construction, but also the innovative environmental systems that they share. The master plan places six similarly detailed academic buildings around three sides of a new green quadrangle. On the open, west side of the quad, a brick colonnade provides a covered path between a parking lot and the old Durham College structures, while extending views from the commons to naturalistic outdoor space to the west. That landscape is more rugged than the quad's manicured lawn and includes the project's stormwater-management pond. Two new buildings are still rising on the natural landscape's north edge, to the west of the quad itself; these house specialized facilities for engineering and the Automotive Centre of Excellence.

Fast track hardly seems adequate to describe the pace of the project's progression. The architects were retained in 2002, and the initial 125,000 square feet of classrooms and labs was delivered in September 2003. Another 220,000 square feet of class space and the library were completed by the start of the next academic year. The current campus totals 450,000 square feet. Some 200,000 square feet are now under construction as Phase 4, with the master plan accommodating a total of 900,000 square feet, the extra 450,000 of which will comprise two future buildings.

  • Donald Schmitt
Principal in Charge
Diamond + Schmitt Architects
    Donald Schmitt Principal in Charge Diamond + Schmitt Architects
By the time the master plan is completed in 2010, UOIT expects to have the equivalent of 6,500 full-time students (as defined by number of class hours taught) participating in its degree programs. Due to the part-time status of many of the students, the campus may actually host as many as 15,000 individuals by that date. The institution's marketing plan positions it as a leading center for education and research—its expressed goal is to be recognized as the “MIT of the North.” An essential part of this strategy is to make the UOIT the “greenest” campus in Canada.

“The university has a passion for high energy efficiency systems,” says UOIT director of special projects Bruce Bunker. LEED Gold is the target for all new buildings, but that's just the starting point. Whenever possible, this goal is achieved by making sustainable design evident in public spaces, not just behind the scenes, providing visible lessons for students and faculty. Additional goals include a reduction of overall operating costs by 15 percent, energy efficiency of 50 percent less than the Model National Energy Code, implementation of water-conservation strategies, and advanced stormwater management.

  • Michael Szabo
Principal and Project Architect
Diamond + Schmitt Architects
    Michael Szabo Principal and Project Architect Diamond + Schmitt Architects
The university's seven different colleges front the commons—science, mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, nuclear engineering, business and information technology, justice, and education. Each building is clad in a regularized bay system composed of brick and glass, with copper and cedar accents. The repetitive nature of the façades reflects the modularity of the interior spaces, which allow for changes in program requirements over time. The standout is the library— whose glass façade is punctuated by a circular reading room that metaphorically evokes Jefferson's Rotunda at the University of Virginia. Each structure is enclosed in a high-performance exterior envelope utilizing R8 glazing, R25 walls, and R35 roofs. Highly efficient mechanical systems supplement the other green strategies, including atriums in each academic building that serve as return-air plenums and draw daylight into the surrounding common spaces.

Of the atriums, architect Don Schmitt says, “The infrastructural necessities became the opportunities for social spaces and educational exchange with the campus design itself.” Flexibility is facilitated by flat-plate concrete construction with raised access flooring for ready relocation of power, data, and mechanical ventilation. Faculty offices, lounges, study areas, and even lecture halls and labs can be swapped without major structural or mechanical revisions to the base buildings.

The central quadrangle is named Polansky Commons for the university's founding president. Conceived primarily as a gathering space of trees, lawn, and water, its greensward sits atop North America's second largest geothermal heating and cooling system. The Borehole Thermal Energy System (BTES) comprises some 392 thermal wells that extend 656 feet into the earth and provides 2,000 tons of sustainable heating and cooling for the heat pump system that serves each campus building.

Stormwater management, water conservation, and landscaping were developed as individual pieces of a single design. Seventy percent of the campus' roof area is vegetated. These green roofs provide surplus water to a 250,000-liter underground storage facility that provides irrigation for campus plantings. Newly created wetlands filter runoff before returning it to the local watershed. Bioswales reduce the apparent size of the extensive parking lots while filtering stormwater and routing it to the retention pond. A terraced linear wetland runs parallel to the colonnade. This fabricated landscape exposes the water-purification process—as water captured in cisterns from the buildings is slowly returned to the retention pond to the west.

The sharp contrast with the earlier Durham College is—perhaps unintentionally—part of the public demonstration. Not only are the facilities for UOIT more self-evidently “green,” they're just decent design. And that's a lesson worth repeating as often as possible.Edward Keegan

PROJECT University of Ontario Institute of Technology
LOCATION Oshawa, Ontario
CLIENT University of Ontario
ARCHITECT Diamond + Schmitt Architects, Toronto—Donald Schmitt (principal in charge)
ENGINEERS Yolles Partnership (structural); Keen Engineering (mechanical); Carinci Burt Rogers (electrical); Totten Sims Hubicki (civil)
LANDSCAPE DESIGNER Du Toit Allsopp Hillier
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER EllisDon Corp.
CONSULTANTS Vermeulens Cost Consultants (cost); Leber Rubes (code); Aercoustics (acoustics); Van Velzen Radchenko (food services); Engineering Harmonics (A/V); BA Group (traffic); RWDI (wind)
PHOTOGRAPHERS Steven Evans; Tom Arban
COST Withheld
SQUARE FOOTAGE AND COMPLETION DATES
General Academic Building, 124,000 s.f., September 2003
Science Building, 104,000 s.f., September 2004
School of Business and Information Technology, 100,000 s.f., September 2004
School of Mechanical Engineering, 110,000 s.f., in design
School of Justice and Education, 95,000 s.f., in design
School of Manufacturing Engineering, 45,000 s.f., August 2006
Automotive Centre of Excellence, 50,000 s.f., scheduled 2009
Library, 73,000 s.f., September 2004 Student Services Building, 100,000 s.f., in design
Cogeneration Building, 11,000 s.f., in design

PRODUCT SPECS

CURTAIN WALL

LOCATION A1, A2, and A3 curtain walls
PRODUCT 7500 Series framing
MANUFACTURER Kawneer
WEBSITEwww.kawneer.com

LOCATION A1, A2, and A3 glazing
PRODUCT Heat Mirror TC88
MANUFACTURER Southwall Technologies
WEBSITEwww.southwall.com

LOCATION A9 curtain walls
PRODUCT Spandrel glass
MANUFACTURER Tagg Industries

LOCATION A9 curtain walls
PRODUCT Sealed units
MANUFACTURER Vision Glass
WEBSITEwww.visionglass.com

LOCATION A9 curtain walls
PRODUCT Series 1600 framing
MANUFACTURER Kawneer
WEBSITEwww.kawneer.com

LOCATION A1, A2, and A3 glazing
PRODUCT Heat Mirror TC88
MANUFACTURER Southwall Technologies
WEBSITEwww.southwall.com


EXTERIOR FINISHES

LOCATION A9 soffit
PRODUCT Wood soffit
MANUFACTURER Continental Cabinet Co.
WEBSITEwww.continentalcabinet.com

LOCATION A1, A2, and A9 exterior brick
PRODUCT Red flashed smooth bricks
MANUFACTURER Redcliff Pressed Brick Division, I-XL
WEBSITEwww.ixlbrick.com

LOCATION A3 and A9 exterior
PRODUCT Copper
MANUFACTURER Semple Gooder
WEBSITEwww.semplegooder.com

PRODUCT Insulation
MANUFACTURER Roxul
WEBSITEwww.roxul.com

LOCATION A1 and A2
PRODUCT Demi fin sun-control device
MANUFACTURER C/S Group
WEBSITEwww.c-sgroup.com

LOCATION Library rotunda
PRODUCT Sunscreen
MANUFACTURER Modern Railings and Metalcraft

LOCATION A9 exterior
PRODUCT Insulclad doors
MANUFACTURER Kawneer
WEBSITEwww.kawneer.com


FLOORING

LOCATION A2 atrium
PRODUCT RWC200
MANUFACTURER ASP Access Floors
WEBSITEwww.aspmaxcess.com

LOCATION A2 atrium
PRODUCT Wood slats
MANUFACTURER A&K Millwork
WEBSITEwww.akmillwork.com

LOCATION A2 atrium
PRODUCT Entropy carpet tiles
MANUFACTURER InferfaceFLOR
WEBSITEwww.interfaceflor.com

PRODUCT Taqpisom Series 2 & 4 carpet
MANUFACTURER Enia Carpets
WEBSITEwww.eniacarpets.com

LOCATION A2 study room
PRODUCT Engineered wood flooring
MANUFACTURER TEKA
WEBSITEwww.tekaparquet.com

LOCATION Library round reading room
PRODUCT Resilient baseboard
MANUFACTURER Johnsonite
WEBSITEwww.johnsonite.com

LOCATION A9
PRODUCT 4800 dual-channel aluminum prewired raceway
MANUFACTURER Wiremold
WEBSITEwww.wiremold.com

LOCATION A9 manufacturing lab
PRODUCT Norament 926xi rubber flooring
MANUFACTURER Freudenberg Building Systems
WEBSITEwww.nora-rubber-flooring.com

LOCATION A9 prototype lab
PRODUCT Electrostatic dissipative floor
MANUFACTURER Freudenberg Building Systems
WEBSITEwww.nora-rubber-flooring.com

LOCATION A9 prototype lab
PRODUCT Norament 928 AL
MANUFACTURER Freudenberg Building Systems
WEBSITEwww.nora-rubber-flooring.com

LOCATION Library round room
PRODUCT Steel staircase
MANUFACTURER Metro Custom Steel


CEILING

LOCATION A2 study room
PRODUCT Ultima #1912 ceiling tiles
MANUFACTURER Armstrong
WEBSITEwww.armstrong.com


FURNITURE

LOCATION A1 and A2 study room
PRODUCT Study desks and tables
MANUFACTURER Continental Cabinet Co.
WEBSITEwww.continentalcabinet.com

LOCATION Library main room
PRODUCT Study desks and tables
MANUFACTURER Trend Millwork and Cabinets
WEBSITEwww.trendmillwork.com

LOCATION A2 study room
PRODUCT Edwards 129 Series lounge with Boston arms
MANUFACTURER Nienkamper
WEBSITEwww.nienkamper.com

LOCATION A9 labs
PRODUCT Lab benches
MANUFACTURER CIF Lab Casework Solutions
WEBSITEwww.cifsolutions.com

LOCATION A9 labs
PRODUCT Style 50 extraction arm
MANUFACTURER Alsident System
WEBSITEwww.alsident.com

LOCATION A2 study room
PRODUCT Also 3520 study chair
MANUFACTURER Keilhauer
WEBSITEwww.keilhauer.com

LOCATION A2 atrium and library round reading room
PRODUCT Eglington lounge chair
MANUFACTURER Keilhauer
WEBSITEwww.keilhauer.com


ROOF

PRODUCT Green roof
MANUFACTURER Hydrotech Membrane
WEBSITEwww.hydrotechusa.com


STRUCTURE

PRODUCT Precast concrete base and coping
MANUFACTURER R&M Precast


LIGHTING

LOCATION Throughout
PRODUCT Archetype site lighting
MANUFACTURER Kim Lighting
WEBSITEwww.kimlighting.com

LOCATION A2 atrium
PRODUCT Recessed compact flourescent downlights
MANUFACTURER Lightolier
WEBSITEwww.lightolier.com

LOCATION A9 exterior and colonnade
PRODUCT EOS rectangular wall recessed path lighting
MANUFACTURER Sistemalux
WEBSITEwww.sistemalux.com

LOCATION Colonnade
PRODUCT Petite Nuage wall-mounted lighting
MANUFACTURER Neo-Ray Products
WEBSITEwww.neoray-lighting.com

LOCATION A2 and A3 exterior
PRODUCT Streamline 6010 Series
MANUFACTURER Rebelle Architectural Lighting
WEBSITEwww.rebellelighting.com

LOCATION A3 exterior
PRODUCT Recessed soffit downlights
MANUFACTURER Lightolier
WEBSITEwww.lightolier.com


WINDOWS AND GLAZING

LOCATION A2 atrium
PRODUCT Skylight
MANUFACTURER Basic Structure Engineering


INTERIOR FINISHES

LOCATION A2 atrium and A3
PRODUCT Wood slats
MANUFACTURER A&K Millwork
WEBSITEwww.akmillwork.com

LOCATION A2 atrium library stair
PRODUCT Glass guards
MANUFACTURER Inkan Ltd.
WEBSITEwww.inkan.on.ca

LOCATION Library
PRODUCT Wood slats
MANUFACTURER Trend Millwork and Cabinets
WEBSITEwww.trendmillwork.com

LOCATION A9 manufacturing lab
PRODUCT Gibena A acoustical panels
MANUFACTURER Ecophon
WEBSITEwww.ecophon.com


SAFETY & SECURITY

LOCATION A2 atrium
PRODUCT Glass smoke guards
MANUFACTURER Inkan Ltd.
WEBSITEwww.inkan.on.ca


PLUMBING

LOCATION Colonnade
PRODUCT Exterior trench drain grating
MANUFACTURER Quest Steel