North Campus

Conestoga College

Value: $43.5 million | Completion: November 2018 | Location: Waterloo, ON

Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Structural Engineering

In association with Moriyama & Teshima Architects, WalterFedy provided mechanical, electrical, structural, and civil engineering services for Conestoga College’s $43.5 million expansion of their Waterloo Campus. Part of this project’s funding was provided through the federal government’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF).

 

WalterFedy’s engineering team was awarded this project in September 2016, with tender occurring mid-February 2017. Phase 1 of this project included early works on the site and began in November 2016 with completion in March 2017. Phase 2 will be a thirteen-month construction period beginning in April 2017 and completing in May 2018, with Phase 3 beginning in May 2018 and completing in November 2018.

 

The project includes a new Institute for Culinary and Hospitality Management that will train students in these fields and push Waterloo Region as a culinary tourism destination; a new access hub that will provide career advising, language training, testing, and academic advising for students, newcomers to Canada, job seekers, and area employers; and the Centre for Advanced Learning will focus on information and communications technology, digital technologies, and business.

In order to maintain occupancy, we had to phase the project, working in conjunction with the architects and the other engineering disciplines to minimize any disruptions to the occupied spaces.

 

NOTEWORTHY
DESIGN ELEMENTS

 

As part of our scope of work, we were involved in the design of a 150 kW solar installation on the new building. As sustainability is one of the core beliefs at the College, it was important that the solar array was visible to the students and the public. For this reason, the array was installed above the main entrance to the facility facing a major street – University Avenue. This introduced additional design constraints as it limited the physical size and angle of the array. But the goal was still to maximize the electrical output. Our firm, in conjunction with local solar panel installers, prepared the preliminary layout of the solar array detailing position, angle, and quantity of the solar panels. We also developed the required interconnection to the building’s electrical system and local utility.