The MacKimmie Tower is a 15-story, 16,500 m2 building housing classrooms, student support spaces, and faculty and staff offices at the University of Calgary. The building underwent a major redevelopment to enhance the campus identity and create a clear and cohesive heart for the University. The project was driven by a singular goal; to be a beacon in the community and a preeminent example of net zero building, sustainable design and health and wellness. The resulting high-performance building design achieves net-zero energy, LEED Platinum, and Zero-Carbon Building Performance certifications.
The design re-uses the existing concrete structure with contemporary façade to reimagine a building that is transparent, living, and breathing. The interactive façade system provides optimal daylight with automated blinds as well as operable windows for natural ventilation. The building’s mechanical and electrical systems have been optimized to reduce energy use and carbon footprint. On-site photovoltaics and rainwater harvesting contribute to the building’s net-zero energy and carbon balance.
Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021
Student Poster Competition: 5:00 PM
MacKimmie Tower Presentation and Q&A: 6:15 PM (this timing is approximate depending on the student competition)
Student Poster Competition Awards: 7:15 PM
Steve Veres is a Senior Architectural Technologist and Associate within the DIALOG Calgary Studio. Steve joined DIALOG in 2011 providing leadership in the roles of Job Captain and Project Manager on a number of high-profile projects, including the MacKimmie Tower at the University of Calgary. Steve is passionate about providing solid technical solutions to complex designs which can be seen in the projects he’s involved with.
Mike Torjan is a building mechanical Engineer-In-Training within DIALOG’s Calgary office. He works with a passion for developing innovative and effective solutions through holistic building design. He leverages his technical knowledge in building physics to deliver high-performance systems, sustainable initiatives, and quality indoor environments. Mike has played a key role on the MacKimmie project from conceptual design through commissioning.