PROJECT PRINCIPAL James Timberlake SITE University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada PROGRAM Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment, and Economy, LEED Platinum proposed building with wet and dry lab space, classrooms, offices, campus links ROLE architectural designer – massing and contextual strategy, imaging and production of various site proposals
The floor area of four standard big box stores, this major initative of the University of Calgary was to create a new interdisciplinary sustainable center to integrate the campus and the community. The massive building required a rigorous study involving the program, site, and sustainability. The main design concept was to use the building as landscape in shaping a strong campus grain. I was an integral part of shaping the contextual strategy and building massing, reshaping, refining, and re-rendering in a continuous iterative process. The final two options bridged across 32nd Avenue toward the research campus and defined a new edge along the road and connections into campus.