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University of Waterloo’s New Prismatic Engineering Building is a ‘Daylight Factory’
The six story building consolidates a number of departments that were previously spread out in other buildings and includes four stories of departmental labs, classrooms and offices above the two story daylit Student Design Centre (SDC). The SDC has instructional and design space on the second story, which overlooks a long row of high concrete framed work bays and shops for fabrication and exhibition space.
A geometric Tron-inspired staircase lit with LED lights is the highlight of the central atrium and the building is clad in a fritted glazing with an array of graduated dots patterned to create the illusion of a series of protruding pyramids. Engineering 5 features a number of informal meeting areas, as well as a green rooftop terrace and a 2-story hanging garden that dominates the west facade and signifies the building entry. While LEED certification was not sought for this engineering building, it does feature plenty of sustainable features to make it worthy.
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