University of Calgary Mechanical Engineering Building (MEB)

OWNER/DEVELOPER:

University of Calgary

ARCHITECT:

Gibbs Gage Architects

SECTOR:

Education Post Secondary, Science + Technology

AME ROLE:1

Building Energy Services, Mechanical Design

Completed:

2019

Location:

Calgary, AB

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

Located on its main campus, the University of Calgary’s 58,000 sq.ft., six-storey Mechanical Engineering Building (MEB), constructed in the 1960s, has evolved from housing wet/dry labs to classroom and office spaces. In response to changing program needs, the University is now restoring many of these spaces to their original laboratory purpose.

AME has been engaged to deliver mechanical engineering services for the Schulich School of Engineering Expansion, a Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) project designed to enhance engineering research facilities. The team at AME has been pivotal in reverting adapted spaces into state-of-the-art wet and dry labs, incorporating fumehood energy analysis by our Building Energy Services team to promote energy efficiency without sacrificing functionality or safety.

As part of the sustainability initiative, AME also engineered air handling units (AHUs) to operate on solar power. We also specifically designed the new laboratory AHU to fit through the existing penthouse louvers for installation, ensuring a seamless supply to the laboratories while keeping the building operational throughout the process. The integration of cutting-edge mechanical systems and sustainable energy practices underlines the MEB’s role as a forefront institution for modern engineering education and research development.