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LeadingEdgeBoomer
Sep 2, 2016, 11:39 PM
The building known as The Cube,100 Louis Pasteur, and MacDonald Hall,150 Louis Pasteur, are being emptied right now. Fencing is going up around them.

Demolition of these buildings will start in mid-October.

A new Science Building and new landscaping of the area will commence immediately after demolition.

Completion is expected in late 2018.

I have not seen a rendering of the new building. Perhaps someone here knows where to find one?

McC
Sep 4, 2016, 12:55 PM
And will they keep the "eyes on the Canal" somehow?

LeadingEdgeBoomer
Sep 4, 2016, 4:05 PM
And will they keep the "eyes on the Canal" somehow?

I do not know ,but have wondered it. The previous Dean of Science, Dr Lalonde, wanted that mural restored. The university did that to honour him shortly before he died of cancer. They also named a lab in the new ARC building after him.

Vanier
Sep 4, 2016, 8:45 PM
I do not know ,but have wondered it. The previous Dean of Science, Dr Lalonde, wanted that mural restored. The university did that to honour him shortly before he died of cancer. They also named a lab in the new ARC building after him.

I've been told that this feature will be preserved.

citydwlr
Sep 5, 2016, 11:41 AM
I'm not overly familiar with the campus, but are you referring to the new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) building that's being planned?

LeadingEdgeBoomer
Sep 5, 2016, 11:12 PM
I'm not overly familiar with the campus, but are you referring to the new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) building that's being planned?

I think so ---although I have also seen it referred to as The Undergraduate Science Teaching and Learning Center as well.

I gather it is moving ahead fast now because of government money that was very recently approved for this purpose. I understand that much of it is coming from the Feds. I am guessing it is part of the infrastructure spending that the Lib government promised.

citydwlr
Sep 6, 2016, 1:01 AM
I think so ---although I have also seen it referred to as The Undergraduate Science Teaching and Learning Center as well.

I gather it is moving ahead fast now because of government money that was very recently approved for this purpose. I understand that much of it is coming from the Feds. I am guessing it is part of the infrastructure spending that the Lib government promised.

Ok. I haven't seen any renderings/plans for the STEM Building, but I did see a message from Fotenn (http://www.fotenn.com/fotenn-partners-win-bid-for-new-stem-building-at-university-of-ottawa/) saying they have been brought in to help on the project:



FOTENN & Partners Win Bid for New STEM Building at University of Ottawa

Along with Perkins + Will and other project partners, FOTENN is thrilled to have been awarded an exciting contract to provide professional planning services for the new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Building at the University of Ottawa. With its cutting-edge research and sustainable design, the building promises to make a valuable contribution to the University of Ottawa campus. FOTENN will help to guide the project through the municipal approvals process, as well as stakeholder consultation activities. The project will begin this summer, with construction expected to be completed in mid-2018.


But, I have seen some renderings about a Learning centre at Ottawa U (if this is the same one you are referring to), namely:

https://education.uottawa.ca/sites/education.uottawa.ca/files/learning_center_july_9.jpg
[Source (https://education.uottawa.ca/en/about/learning-centre)]

http://www.uottawa.ca/gazette/sites/www.uottawa.ca.gazette/files/20150814-rl-learning-centre-groundbreaking-75.jpg
[Source (https://www.uottawa.ca/gazette/en/news/learning-centre-great-new-meeting-place-born)]

https://www.uottawa.ca/facilities/sites/www.uottawa.ca.facilities/files/learning_centre_2x1.jpg
[Source (https://www.uottawa.ca/facilities/projects-and-construction)]

LeadingEdgeBoomer
Sep 6, 2016, 2:33 AM
But, I have seen some renderings about a Learning centre at Ottawa U (if this is the same one you are referring to), namely

No!----- the Learning center you show in your rendering is not on the Science campus but is the building being attached to Lamoureux Hall . It has been under construction for months and will be finished in 2017. There is another thread about it somewhere on this forum.

The new Science Building we are talking will not start construction until later this autumn and will not be finished until 2018.

While we are at it, a proposal has been made to add two stories to a part of the Colonel By Bldg (Engineering) soon. Not sure where the quest for funds for that one stands.

Then here is the new Faculty of Health Sciences Building on the Lees Campus. I once saw a document that indicated that funding for the first phase had been secured and that a couple of million dollars had already been spent getting the building design and planning process under way .

Construction for years to come!

mykl
Sep 8, 2016, 3:14 AM
I know this is the wrong place, but does anyone know what building is being completed directly behind the uOttawa sports complex?

Vanier
Sep 8, 2016, 9:20 AM
I know this is the wrong place, but does anyone know what building is being completed directly behind the uOttawa sports complex?

Behind Montpetit Hall? It is called the Learning Centre.

https://www.uottawa.ca/facilities/learning-centre

Behind the Minto Sports Complex? It is a new residence on Mann Ave.

https://www.uottawa.ca/housing/compare-residences/45mann

c_speed3108
Sep 8, 2016, 5:23 PM
The building known as The Cube,100 Louis Pasteur, and MacDonald Hall,150 Louis Pasteur, are being emptied right now. Fencing is going up around them.

Demolition of these buildings will start in mid-October.

A new Science Building and new landscaping of the area will commence immediately after demolition.

Completion is expected in late 2018.

I have not seen a rendering of the new building. Perhaps someone here knows where to find one?

I was on campus the other day and the fencing only surrounds the Cube and much of the parking lot. MacDonald does not appear to be inside the construction area..at least so far.

c_speed3108
Sep 8, 2016, 5:27 PM
The RFP for an architect: https://www.merx.com/English/SUPPLIER_Menu.Asp?WCE=Show&TAB=1&PORTAL=MERX&State=7&id=368194&src=osr&FED_ONLY=0&ACTION=&rowcount=&lastpage=&MoreResults=&PUBSORT=2&CLOSESORT=0&IS_SME=Y&hcode=Voh7E3p%2B64dZSHYDvGZpMg%3D%3D



And some chatter in the master plan. Sounds like they picked the Cube/MacDonald site. Item 8.

https://www.uottawa.ca/facilities/sites/www.uottawa.ca.facilities/files/uottawa_master_plan_-_section_6.pdf

LeadingEdgeBoomer
Sep 9, 2016, 6:11 PM
I was on campus the other day and the fencing only surrounds the Cube and much of the parking lot. MacDonald does not appear to be inside the construction area..at least so far.

That is because MacDonald is not completely emptied yet. The Dean's office staff will move to swing space on the third floor of Tabaret in a few days. Demolition is slated to begin in Mid-October.

LeadingEdgeBoomer
Sep 13, 2016, 3:24 PM
The Cube has been demolished. MacDonald Hall next month.

c_speed3108
Sep 14, 2016, 5:59 PM
Interesting spot for the Dean's office to end up. I wonder why they moved out of the front of Marion.... :shrug:

The physics department still lists themselves are occupying MacDonald.

Couple photos of the Cube coming down.

https://www.facebook.com/SpottedUOttawa/photos/a.512116715501417.1073741828.512065478839874/1166612866718462/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/SpottedUOttawa/photos/a.512116715501417.1073741828.512065478839874/1166218953424520/?type=3&theater

Vanier
Sep 14, 2016, 11:23 PM
Interesting spot for the Dean's office to end up. I wonder why they moved out of the front of Marion.... :shrug:

The physics department still lists themselves are occupying MacDonald.

Couple photos of the Cube coming down.

https://www.facebook.com/SpottedUOttawa/photos/a.512116715501417.1073741828.512065478839874/1166612866718462/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/SpottedUOttawa/photos/a.512116715501417.1073741828.512065478839874/1166218953424520/?type=3&theater

Marion will undergo some reconstruction and will be attached to the STEM building.The Dean's office in an area affected by this reconstruction, at the front of Marion, is being relocated to Tabaret Hall. Physics is currently being rehoused in other buildings.The building isn't scheduled for demolition until late October.

AuxTown
Sep 28, 2016, 3:24 AM
Interesting spot for the Dean's office to end up. I wonder why they moved out of the front of Marion.... :shrug:

The physics department still lists themselves are occupying MacDonald.

Couple photos of the Cube coming down.

https://www.facebook.com/SpottedUOttawa/photos/a.512116715501417.1073741828.512065478839874/1166612866718462/?type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/SpottedUOttawa/photos/a.512116715501417.1073741828.512065478839874/1166218953424520/?type=3&theater

Cube was ugly, but it's always funny to see a place torn down that I spent a bunch of time in. I'm just old enough to remember a day when we didn't all have laptops and smart phones and cube was used as a computer lab, primarily for science students. It hasn't been that long, but the science area of U of O campus is absolutely unrecognizable compared to my undergrad. Anyone else 'lucky' enough to spend time in Gendron or Vachon for lab courses?

IntoTheCore
Sep 28, 2016, 12:26 PM
Cube was ugly, but it's always funny to see a place torn down that I spent a bunch of time in. I'm just old enough to remember a day when we didn't all have laptops and smart phones and cube was used as a computer lab, primarily for science students. It hasn't been that long, but the science area of U of O campus is absolutely unrecognizable compared to my undergrad. Anyone else 'lucky' enough to spend time in Gendron or Vachon for lab courses?

I did computer science from 99 through 03. I had *one* physics lab in the old building where the Biosciences building is now (can't remember its name, but it was creepy as hell after dark), before it was moved to Macdonald. I also had a few CSI labs in the Cube. I'm surprised that building lasted this long.

McC
Sep 28, 2016, 12:51 PM
Cube was ugly, but it's always funny to see a place torn down that I spent a bunch of time in. I'm just old enough to remember a day when we didn't all have laptops and smart phones and cube was used as a computer lab, primarily for science students. It hasn't been that long, but the science area of U of O campus is absolutely unrecognizable compared to my undergrad. Anyone else 'lucky' enough to spend time in Gendron or Vachon for lab courses?

"lucky" was right; and then there was the privilege of writing exams in the portables in front of Vanier.

TheBrain
Sep 28, 2016, 5:43 PM
There closing off access all around Macdonald from this Friday at 16h till Sunday at 17h.
I'm going to assume they are knocking down the building this weekend.

http://www.uottawa.ca/facilities/projects-and-construction

Vanier
Sep 28, 2016, 9:43 PM
There closing off access all around Macdonald from this Friday at 16h till Sunday at 17h.
I'm going to assume they are knocking down the building this weekend.

http://www.uottawa.ca/facilities/projects-and-construction

They are resurfacing the asphalt (and erecting hoarding?). I believe Macdonald Hall is still occupied/still vacating.

AuxTown
Oct 2, 2016, 11:55 PM
I did computer science from 99 through 03. I had *one* physics lab in the old building where the Biosciences building is now (can't remember its name, but it was creepy as hell after dark), before it was moved to Macdonald. I also had a few CSI labs in the Cube. I'm surprised that building lasted this long.

That would have been either Gendron or Vachon. Portions of Gendron remained and was turned mainly in to offices but Vachon is completely gone. I remember the Premier coming to visit our labs and see the academic squalor we were working in. I'm sure after his visit he had no questions as to why the province had to give us a bunch of cash :-)

LeadingEdgeBoomer
Oct 3, 2016, 12:51 PM
That would have been either Gendron or Vachon. Portions of Gendron remained and was turned mainly in to offices but Vachon is completely gone. I remember the Premier coming to visit our labs and see the academic squalor we were working in. I'm sure after his visit he had no questions as to why the province had to give us a bunch of cash :-)

I pre-date you guys. The buildings were built by the Oblates when uOttawa was a private RC institution. The Oblates received no public money and built bare bones structures. By the mid-sixties they could no longer keep up with the publicly funded unis and threw in the towel . They turned over uOttawa and Saint Patrick's College to the Province. St. Pat's was merged with Carleton.

Then they established St. Paul University which is affiliated with uOttawa.

LeadingEdgeBoomer
Oct 5, 2016, 12:56 PM
for forty years, these eyes have observed the capital, but now it’s time for forty winks while construction work takes place around their home.
Over the coming days, les yeux [the eyes], will be removed from their familiar spot on the side of macdonald hall facing the rideau canal. The iconic mural by the late james boyd, a celebrated canadian printmaker and uottawa visual arts professor, underwent a facelift a few years ago. It will now be carefully removed and stored for safekeeping during the upcoming redevelopment



leb

rocketphish
Oct 13, 2016, 5:17 PM
University of Ottawa files plans for new six-storey academic complex

Peter Kovessy, OBJ
Published on October 12, 2016

The University of Ottawa has filed development plans for its next large-scale construction project, a new science, technology, engineering and math building planned for the southwest corner of campus where demolition work has already started.

The new building proposed for 150-160 Louis Pasteur Priv., directly east of the Transitway and Nicholas Street, will feature a three-floor podium and two separate towers that each rise an additional three storeys, according to a planning report prepared by Fotenn Consultants and filed with the City of Ottawa.

Other development documents prepared by various consultants say the structure will have two or three basement levels and propose underground tunnel connections to Marion Hall and Colonel By Hall.

The reports say the site is currently developed with a parking lot, MacDonald Hall and the School of Information Technology and Engineering computer lab, more commonly known as the CUBE Building.

Some residents posted photos of the CUBE building being demolished last month. Planning documents say MacDonald Hall will also be demolished.

The University of Ottawa declined to answer questions about the demolition or the development application.

However, plans for a new science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, building are contained in the university’s campus master plan, which said the school’s existing spaces are inadequate.

“A new facility is envisioned to revolutionize undergraduate education with teaching spaces that are radically different from existing facilities, and that respond to the newest trends in education,” the report said, adding that the development site could lead to a building of up to 25,000 square metres (269,100 square feet).

The new STEM building will include classrooms, laboratories, offices, workshops, teaching spaces, study rooms and a lecture theatre, according to the development plans.

A hydraulics lab reservoir and a structures lab workspace are proposed for the lowest basement level.

According to an environmental assessment by Geofirms Engineering Ltd., the site was part of the Ottawa University Athletic Oval prior to 1958 when construction of several university buildings began.

The CUBE building was built in 1954, while MacDonald Hall was constructed in 1965, the report said.

Like many universities around Ontario, the University of Ottawa has undergone a building boom over the last decade as it constructed new academic structures, athletic facilities and labs.

These include the social sciences tower overlooking the Transitway corridor, a sports stadium near the Rideau River and an $83 million learning centre that’s scheduled to be completed next year.

Other companies involved in the STEM building’s construction include:


Perkins + Will
Golder Associates (geotechnical report)
Lashley + Associates (landscape architect)
Novatech (site servicing report)
Farley, Smith & Denis Surveying Ltd.


http://www.obj.ca/media/photos/unis/2016/10/12/2016-10-12-12-54-19-U%20of%20O.jpg

http://www.obj.ca/Real-Estate/Construction/2016-10-12/article-4661680/University-of-Ottawa-files-plans-for-new-six-storey-academic-complex/1

rocketphish
Oct 13, 2016, 5:33 PM
The University of Ottawa proposes to construct a six-storey academic building intended to provide facilities serving the faculties of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The building is proposed to feature a common three-storey podium and two separate three-storey towers above. The towers are proposed to be offset to create visual interest from the west and east perspectives.

The site envisioned for the STEM Complex (the “subject site”) is located in the southwest portion of the University of Ottawa campus on a parcel municipally known as 150-160 Louis Pasteur Private. The subject site is situated at the south end of Louis Pasteur Private, directly east of the Transitway corridor and Nicholas Street.

The subject site is currently developed with MacDonald Hall, the CUBE Building, and a surface parking lot containing approximately 80 spaces. Marion Hall is located on the adjacent lot to the north and Colonel By Hall is located south of the subject site.

The building is proposed to include classrooms, laboratories, offices, workshops, teaching spaces, study rooms, and a lecture theatre. The main level is designed with an open corridor at the front, containing study stations, social spaces, and food services facilities. The basement levels are reserved for more impactful or intensive uses. A hydraulics lab reservoir and a structures lab workspace are proposed for the lowest level, with additional laboratories, workspaces, storage, and mechanical rooms proposed for the first basement level.

Along with the building, the former parking lot adjacent to the subject site is proposed to be converted into an open space, to be named Marion Square, with hard and soft landscaping features and street furniture. The main entrance to the STEM building is proposed on the north side, facing Marion Square. A hardscape walkway will connect the primary entrance to the square, continuing eastward to Louis Pasteur Private and southeast along the east side of the building. The various hardscape pathways are intended to create a “Grande Allée” corridor to accommodate pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles, in order of priority. As illustrated on the submitted Landscape Plan prepared by Lashley + Associates, a combination of sod, berms, trees, and shrubs are proposed for Marion Square.

McDonald Hall features a prominent public art installation overlooking the Rideau Canal on the west facade of the building. The installation, titled Les Yeux and designed by James Boyd in 1973, consists of a large black-and-white painting depicting a pair of eyes using the aesthetic of a dot matrix print that has been reproduced and enlarged many times. The artwork was restored in 2005 by local artist Luc Doucet.

The proposal endeavours to honour Les Yeux through a reinterpretation that updates the work and bridges forward from the print age to the digital age. The new format will translate the spirit of Boyd’s work through new technologies to the STEM Building. Specifically, the design team proposes to recreate the work on the new building using contemporary materials and adjusting the scale to fit the scale of the new context. The architectural elements of the building, particularly the incorporation of two towers above a three-storey podium, offer an opportunity to reinterpret the existing artwork on a modern “canvas.”

The design team proposes to recreate the work using digital photogrammetry of the original work to create a digital file from which the work can be reinterpreted as a dot matrix of high temperature fired ceramic ink on glass. The proposed approach and materials will also offer the opportunity to appreciate the artwork at night, as the windows will be backlit using programmable LED technology.

The intent of the building design is to take cues from Les Yeux by incorporating a series of circular windows along the northern and southern facades of the towers. These windows will wrap around the building, culminating in the artwork reinterpretation itself on the western facades.

Development application:
http://app01.ottawa.ca/postingplans/appDetails.jsf?lang=en&appId=__0DFVZ2


Rendering:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8408/30274406356_305d943122_b.jpg

Site:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8277/30274406426_4a5d4853fe_b.jpg

https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8549/30193891782_4f775d476c_b.jpg

TheBrain
Oct 14, 2016, 1:45 PM
Nice, but doesn't look like they are connecting it to Marion.

IntoTheCore
Oct 14, 2016, 1:48 PM
Nice, but doesn't look like they are connecting it to Marion.

From the obj article:

"Other development documents prepared by various consultants say the structure will have two or three basement levels and propose underground tunnel connections to Marion Hall and Colonel By Hall."

TheBrain
Oct 14, 2016, 4:34 PM
From the obj article:

"Other development documents prepared by various consultants say the structure will have two or three basement levels and propose underground tunnel connections to Marion Hall and Colonel By Hall."

Whoops, missed that.

Cool. Hope they follow through with it.
One thing about FSS which boggles my mind is why they didn't make a public tunnel to UCU. Yeah you can stay inside by going the long way around but a tunnel there would have made a nice loop.

LeadingEdgeBoomer
Oct 15, 2016, 1:35 PM
Whoops, missed that.

Cool. Hope they follow through with it.
One thing about FSS which boggles my mind is why they didn't make a public tunnel to UCU. Yeah you can stay inside by going the long way around but a tunnel there would have made a nice loop.

When they replace the current UCU with a new one as per the Campus Master Plan, there probably will be tunnels to adjacent buildings.

J.OT13
Oct 17, 2016, 3:27 PM
Hope they add a little colour to it.

rocketphish
Oct 27, 2016, 1:51 AM
Eyes art installation no longer watching canal
U of O’s ‘Les Yeux’ art installation put in storage ahead of redevelopment

By: Adam Kveton, Metro
Published on Wed Oct 26 2016

http://www.metronews.ca/content/dam/thestar/uploads/2016/10/26/eyes.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo.jpg

If you’ve stopped getting the feeling that someone is watching you as you drive past the University of Ottawa campus by way of the canal, you’re definitely not paranoid.

The university’s large and prominently placed art installation of a pair of stylized eyes rendered in black-and-white has been taken down in advance of redevelopment, the school says.

The piece, which has adorned the southwest facing wall of the MacDonald Hall building since 1973, has been “carefully removed and stored for safekeeping,” said spokesperson Isabelle Mailloux Pulkinghorn.

She would not comment on the specific redevelopment, nor when – or where – the eyes are expected to be put back up again. But the university’s master plan, released in 2015, shows MacDonald Hall is slated for demolition along with several other buildings.

Those structures are described as being “either deficient for their intended use, have significant physical issues or prevent more substantial development on their site,” in the plan.

The art installation, called “Les Yeux,” was made by Canadian printmaker James Boyd, and was refurbished by Luc Doucet several years ago after the dean of science at the university, André Lalonde, stepped down and asked that the piece be restored, according to a University of Ottawa publication. A fundraising campaign raised more than $35,000 for the project.

http://www.metronews.ca/news/ottawa/2016/10/26/eyes-wide-shut-over-canal.html

Uhuniau
Oct 27, 2016, 4:49 PM
These days, with the rampant NIMBYism and the World Heritage designation on the canal, do you think something like Les Yeux would ever survive being proposed if it hadn't already existed for 43 years?

LeadingEdgeBoomer
Dec 13, 2016, 6:54 PM
MacDonald is gone and construction commenced on STEM.

The university has established a page with more info on the building and to add updates.

https://www.uottawa.ca/facilities/stem

The Federal grant uOttawa got requires STEM to be built by April 2018.

That is a pretty fast build for a major campus building. The Learning Centre at uOttawa started construction a year and a half ago and will not be ready until 2018 .

UrbOttawa
Dec 13, 2016, 11:06 PM
MacDonald is gone and construction commenced on STEM.

The university has established a page with more info on the building and to add updates.

https://www.uottawa.ca/facilities/stem

The Federal grant uOttawa got requires STEM to be built by April 2018.

That is a pretty fast build for a major campus building. The Learning Centre at uOttawa started construction a year and a half ago and will not be ready until 2018 .

Updated rendering:

https://www.uottawa.ca/facilities/sites/www.uottawa.ca.facilities/files/2016-11-18_c012.jpg
source (https://www.uottawa.ca/facilities/stem)


They really stepped up their game

rocketphish
Dec 14, 2016, 12:09 AM
uOttawa’s $115M STEM complex to group four disciplines

Lauren Sproule, Ottawa Citizen
Published on: December 13, 2016 | Last Updated: December 13, 2016 5:42 PM EST

http://wpmedia.ottawacitizen.com/2016/12/david-mcguinty-mp-for-ottawa-south-nathalie-des-rosiers-m.jpeg?quality=55&strip=all&w=600

The sounds of construction equipment engines and reverse warning beeps filled the air as the University of Ottawa unveiled a “once-in-a-generation” investment.

More than 60 people gathered for the ground-breaking for the $115-million STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Complex, including area MP David McGuinty, a uOttawa grad, and rookie Ottawa-Vanier MPP and former uOttawa law dean Nathalie Des Rosiers. The federal government is contributing $51.5 million towards the project, while the province is supplying $6.4 million.

Jason Bramburger, a student in the Faculty of Science completing his PhD in applied mathematics, said he was hopeful that housing all the various disciplines under one roof will foster more co-operation between departments, especially mathematics and physics. Bramburger said the new building will “draw students for generations to come.”

Pamphlets distributed at the unveiling featured a digital rendering and promises that the complex will include “open-concept ‘super labs,’ 3D-printing Makerspaces, and multidisciplinary spaces.”

The westernmost side of the building, parallel with the Rideau Canal, will feature the same art seen on MacDonald Hall since 1973. “Les yeux,” a massive pair of painted eyes created by professor of visual arts James Boyd, will also be featured on the STEM Complex exterior; uOttawa’s subtle nod to the past with engines running full steam ahead.

But in some circles, the construction has been met with more grumbles than eager anticipation.

Professor of engineering Pierre Berini, has had to accommodate plenty of student “refugees,” as he calls the thousands of students that were displaced after MacDonald Hall was torn down to make way for the new building. While Berini’s office in the new Advanced Research Complex remains unaffected, the construction of STEM has caused a major disturbance for a number of his colleagues who have transplanted their entire labs to other buildings around campus.

Inconvenient construction activity has simply become a way of life for the uOttawa community, says Berini, who has worked at the University of Ottawa since 1996.

The campus is in a perpetual state of renovation with numerous interruption notices on the university website, announcing the closures of various ramps, tunnels, and roadways.

“It’s always been a construction zone,” Berini said.

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/uottawas-115m-stem-complex-to-group-four-disciplines

ac888yow
Dec 14, 2016, 2:51 AM
Is this in addition to or in replacement of SITE (the not so old glass building closest to the 417 ... School of Information Technology and Engineering)?

rocketphish
Dec 14, 2016, 3:34 AM
Is this in addition to or in replacement of SITE (the not so old glass building closest to the 417 ... School of Information Technology and Engineering)?

This is a replacement of MacDonald Hall. It is a separate entity from SITE.

FutureWickedCity
Dec 14, 2016, 4:50 PM
Fantastic! I particularly like the brick-screen panels on the ground level and the way the path slopes down at an angle at the corner of the building. Now if they will just do something about that awful Colonel By building...

McC
Dec 14, 2016, 4:55 PM
funny how they neglect to show the barbed wire fence between the building and the metro tracks.

LeadingEdgeBoomer
Dec 14, 2016, 5:07 PM
Fantastic! I particularly like the brick-screen panels on the ground level and the way the path slopes down at an angle at the corner of the building. Now if they will just do something about that awful Colonel By building...

UOttawa plans to expand Colonel By. No idea if and how it would change its appearance.

Here is what they hope for as posted on the uOttawa web site:

Expansion of Colonel By Hall: Expanding Instruction and Experimentation Spaces

With student experience being a central focus of the Faculty, and with an increasing number of engineering and computer science students choosing the University of Ottawa, the need for space is more acute than ever. This need is being addressed through plans for the addition of two floors to the existing Block E of Colonel By Hall.

The first new floor would be used to provide much needed workstations for our graduate students as well as common areas to encourage meetings and discussions, and a specific room for their thesis defences — additions that would all contribute to their student experience.

The second new floor would be dedicated to the Brunsfield Engineering Student Projects and Entrepreneurship Centre. Moving the Centre to the main Faculty of Engineering building would greatly benefit students, easing access to it. The floor dedicated to student projects would provide a much larger room enabling the accommodation of more students at once. The hiring of full-time staff to manage the Centre and mentor students would also then be possible.

Admiral Nelson
Feb 27, 2017, 3:31 AM
Discovery district will boost STEM space (https://www.uottawa.ca/tabaret/en/content/discovery-district-will-boost-stem-space)

The University of Ottawa will build Eastern Ontario’s largest “discovery district” to convert cutting-edge research into promising new technologies, significantly increasing the University’s space for research, innovation, experiential learning and entrepreneurship.

A state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) complex will house open-concept “super labs,” 3D-printing Makerspaces, our Entrepreneurship Hub and multidisciplinary spaces. The STEM complex will help instill innovation as a core uOttawa value by creating an environment and culture for open innovation and the collision of ideas, key ingredients in the quest for excellence, the advancement of knowledge and a resilient economy.

“Thanks to its interdisciplinary focus, the STEM complex will be a unique place for students from all faculties to meet and collaborate,” said uOttawa President Jacques Frémont. “It will provide fertile ground for the cross-pollination of ideas and for the nourishment of research breakthroughs. I would like to acknowledge all those who made this dream a reality and, in particular, my predecessor, Allan Rock, who played an important role in bringing this about.”

The $115 million STEM complex, which will become the core of our own discovery district on the main campus, has been made possible thanks to a $51.5 million federal government grant from the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund and $6.4 million from the Province of Ontario.

Mona Nemer, vice-president, research, said the STEM complex will complement uOttawa’s existing Advanced Research Complex, dedicated to photonics and geoscience, and propel the University toward its goal of becoming one of Canada’s top five research-intensive universities.

“This fantastic, once-in-a-generation opportunity is something we’ve been hoping to do for years,” Nemer said. “The STEM complex will defy the conventional by taking a multi-sector approach to research, breaking down silos and delivering new synergies. It will inspire innovative startups and drive the transfer of new technologies, promoting the translation of uOttawa research into socio-economic benefits.”

Spaces at the STEM complex will include:

Discovery labs that expand on the latest digital infrastructure and state of the art equipment at uOttawa’s Richard L’Abbé Makerspace, encouraging students from all fields of study, including health sciences, arts and humanities, to join the “invent-build-play” movement
Our open-concept Entrepreneurship Hub, which will exude vibrancy, creativity and risk-taking and will be ideally suited for those who wish to “Defy the Conventional.” It will help multi-disciplinary startups launch new products by providing expertise on regulatory issues, patenting and advice on accessing venture capital

The STEM complex will consolidate several departments from the faculties of Science and Engineering under the same roof. It will also house the Brunsfield Centre, a dedicated space that allows students to build and test complex prototypes.

“This project is contributing to the creation of a campus that is inviting, memorable and sustainable, goals of the Campus Master Plan,” said Marc Joyal, vice-president, resources. “This state of the art building is a strategic investment that replaces MacDonald Hall, built in the mid-1960s and the CUBE, built in 1950 as a temporary structure. It will benefit the entire University community, enhance our academic mission, attract the brightest minds and enhance their experience on campus.”

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This is uOttawa's exterior concept as shown on their major projects website:

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Admiral Nelson
Feb 27, 2017, 3:34 AM
OBJ article from last October.

University of Ottawa files plans for new six-storey academic complex (http://www.obj.ca/Real-Estate/Construction/2016-10-12/article-4661680/University-of-Ottawa-files-plans-for-new-six-storey-academic-complex/1)

The University of Ottawa has filed development plans for its next large-scale construction project, a new science, technology, engineering and math building planned for the southwest corner of campus where demolition work has already started.

The new building proposed for 150-160 Louis Pasteur Priv., directly east of the Transitway and Nicholas Street, will feature a three-floor podium and two separate towers that each rise an additional three storeys, according to a planning report prepared by Fotenn Consultants and filed with the City of Ottawa.

Other development documents prepared by various consultants say the structure will have two or three basement levels and propose underground tunnel connections to Marion Hall and Colonel By Hall.

The reports say the site is currently developed with a parking lot, MacDonald Hall and the School of Information Technology and Engineering computer lab, more commonly known as the CUBE Building.

Some residents posted photos of the CUBE building being demolished last month. Planning documents say MacDonald Hall will also be demolished.

The University of Ottawa declined to answer questions about the demolition or the development application.

However, plans for a new science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, building are contained in the university’s campus master plan, which said the school’s existing spaces are inadequate.

“A new facility is envisioned to revolutionize undergraduate education with teaching spaces that are radically different from existing facilities, and that respond to the newest trends in education,” the report said, adding that the development site could lead to a building of up to 25,000 square metres (269,100 square feet).

The new STEM building will include classrooms, laboratories, offices, workshops, teaching spaces, study rooms and a lecture theatre, according to the development plans.

A hydraulics lab reservoir and a structures lab workspace are proposed for the lowest basement level.

According to an environmental assessment by Geofirms Engineering Ltd., the site was part of the Ottawa University Athletic Oval prior to 1958 when construction of several university buildings began.

The CUBE building was built in 1954, while MacDonald Hall was constructed in 1965, the report said.

Like many universities around Ontario, the University of Ottawa has undergone a building boom over the last decade as it constructed new academic structures, athletic facilities and labs.

These include the social sciences tower overlooking the Transitway corridor, a sports stadium near the Rideau River and an $83 million learning centre that’s scheduled to be completed next year.

Other companies involved in the STEM building’s construction include:

- Perkins + Will

- Golder Associates (geotechnical report)

- Lashley + Associates (landscape architect)

- Novatech (site servicing report)

- Farley, Smith & Denis Surveying Ltd.

Admiral Nelson
Feb 27, 2017, 3:36 AM
The site today:

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Crane for this project on right, Learning Centre on left, Campus Station in foreground.

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LeadingEdgeBoomer
Feb 27, 2017, 5:04 PM
Thanks for the great photos Admiral.

Those three major projects---LRT, learning Center and Stem-- have sure made a mess of the central campus,

I am sure all will be relieved when next year comes and all three are to be completed.

However, the Master Campus Plans calls for a lot more changes to be done to the main campus in the coming years.

But, I hope they give the core of the campus a rest for a while and shift new projects toward the Lees campus in the next few years. Pity the poor Health Sciences staff and students. They are spread all over the place and have long been promised a new building at Lees to consolidate the various departments of Heath Sciences.

Such a building was once a priority but keeps getting bumped back by circumstances. A Federal grant was given for the STEM building with the stipulation that the money be spent right away, so Health Sciences was bumped again. I hope the next big project will be at Lees for Health Sciences.

rocketphish
Feb 27, 2017, 5:50 PM
Good pics. Maybe they can be merged into the thread that we already have going for this project over here:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=224659

Admiral Nelson
Feb 28, 2017, 1:17 AM
Good pics. Maybe they can be merged into the thread that we already have going for this project over here:

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=224659

Ah, apologies. I should have searched more thoroughly. Please do merge into that thread.

waterloowarrior
Mar 7, 2017, 11:52 PM
reposting this shot from the Confederation Line thread
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?p=7732869#post7732869

If that's not actually a train station down there then the joke's on me.



https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3761/32469175654_2c230217d4_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/Rtc1Hm)

ufo station D822440 (https://flic.kr/p/Rtc1Hm) by Chuck Clark (https://www.flickr.com/photos/23575605@N08/), on Flickr

trhgr
Mar 10, 2017, 4:35 PM
Video update from the construction site: https://youtu.be/IxzyvcvVW40

Admiral Nelson
May 22, 2017, 5:32 AM
Site this weekend.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4167/34774760706_e123fa9883_h.jpg

Admiral Nelson
Sep 4, 2017, 6:53 PM
https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4377/36630912900_6b3b7dd232_h.jpg

Progress as of today.

AuxTown
Sep 4, 2017, 8:35 PM
Looks great! I still can't get over how much that end of campus has changed since I was studying and researching there. Demolition of Vachon, CUBE, MacDonald. Addition of CAREG, biosciences building, STEM, and the nearby social sciences building. Also the complete gut and remodel of Gendron. Gonna be a busy place once the LRT starts running.

rocketphish
Sep 4, 2017, 10:14 PM
Another great photo by Chuck Clark:

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4354/36591736050_23264430c0_b.jpg (https://www.flickr.com/photos/23575605@N08/36591736050/in/photostream/)

Sept 2, 2017
by southfacing (Chuck Clark) on Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/23575605@N08/)

Davis137
Sep 7, 2017, 12:43 AM
Jeebus...the U of O certainly has a lot of infill that has gone up in the last 4-5 years!

LeadingEdgeBoomer
Sep 7, 2017, 12:28 PM
Jeebus...the U of O certainly has a lot of infill that has gone up in the last 4-5 years!

The campus will change a lot over the next couple of decades. Two buildings, Macdonald and the Cube were demolished to make way for STEM.

Several more are likely to be demolished to make way for redevelopment of the campus. Might want to take a look at uOttawa's Campus Master Plan to see what they have in mind.

https://www.uottawa.ca/facilities/master-plan

kevinbottawa
Sep 7, 2017, 1:19 PM
The campus will change a lot over the next couple of decades. Two buildings, Macdonald and the Cube were demolished to make way for STEM.

Several more are likely to be demolished to make way for redevelopment of the campus. Might want to take a look at uOttawa's Campus Master Plan to see what they have in mind.

https://www.uottawa.ca/facilities/master-plan

I'm looking forward to them fixing up King Edward. I like what they've envisioned. Looks like a main street.

http://i.imgur.com/kFUPq9c.jpg?1

mykl
Sep 22, 2017, 5:26 AM
Went for a walk tonight and took these pictures of STEM going up. What a quick build!

https://imgur.com/GcqQn01.jpg


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Admiral Nelson
Dec 5, 2017, 1:00 AM
2017/12/03

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mykl
Dec 8, 2017, 12:01 AM
I've gotta say, I'm really excited that a building in Ottawa is doing something unique with its windows.

LeadingEdgeBoomer
Dec 8, 2017, 2:18 PM
I've gotta say, I'm really excited that a building in Ottawa is doing something unique with its windows.

Including the eyes, that will have LED backlighting. creating a display overlooking the canal at night,

AuxTown
Dec 12, 2017, 5:09 AM
Including the eyes, that will have LED backlighting. creating a display overlooking the canal at night,

So they are putting the eyes back up? I was worried they were gone forever!

mykl
Dec 12, 2017, 5:36 AM
Including the eyes, that will have LED backlighting. creating a display overlooking the canal at night,

I was wondering about that! I knew the eyes were in the rendering, but they have cut out windows rather than a plain wall, so I was afraid they'd scrapped the eyes right after they were redone lol

LeadingEdgeBoomer
Dec 12, 2017, 9:20 PM
I was wondering about that! I knew the eyes were in the rendering, but they have cut out windows rather than a plain wall, so I was afraid they'd scrapped the eyes right after they were redone lol

Your comment about the windows made me a little concerned. So I sent an enquiry to the uOttawa Facilities Office and asked them if they still planned to replicate the eyes. The answer is YES.

FutureWickedCity
Dec 13, 2017, 3:24 PM
One unexpected benefit of this development is that it mostly blocks the ugly smokestack which is one of the biggest eyesores in the city.

LeadingEdgeBoomer
Jan 11, 2018, 5:43 PM
Passed by the canal side of STEM yesterday and saw that some of the cladding containing "The Eyes" pattern have been put up.

rocketphish
Mar 15, 2018, 5:00 PM
Rejuvenated uOttawa Faculty of Engineering gears up for the future
In 2017-18, the faculty has welcomed a new dean, overhauled its research themes and will open a new state-of-the-art facility

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Published: Mar 14, 2018 5:00pm EDT

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It’s well-known that the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Engineering is at the forefront of Canadian innovation.

What many may not realize is the investment the school makes to prepare students for careers in entrepreneurship.

The university is currently gearing up for the opening of its new STEM Complex this September, which will provide a new home for the Faculty of Engineering’s civil and mechanical engineering students as well as regroup all of its existing prototyping facilities.

“Our goal is to provide them with support, but let them explore their imaginations, their creativity,” says Jacques Beauvais, the freshly minted dean of the faculty who’s taken on the role of champion for many of the school’s recent initiatives.

In addition to the new and improved space, the Faculty of Engineering also recently announced its five new research themes. The impact of this new focus stretches from the school’s top academics to students, many of whom are taught by researchers.

“These new themes will allow us to present a much better picture of what we’re doing,” says Beauvais.

When construction wraps on the new STEM Complex, it will be the largest building on the University of Ottawa campus. While impressive, it’s what is going inside the facility – and how it will change the way students learn and work – that most excites the project’s proponents.

Along with research areas and teaching labs, the STEM Complex will also host an entire floor of prototyping and manufacturing facilities along with collaborative spaces. These will facilitate students’ innovation, enabling them to not only design but also build new technologies.

“We’re bringing in the capacity to design, to make, to build things,” says Beauvais. “I call it a 21st century workshop.”

Hands-on learning is a well-established part of the school’s DNA. Engineering students have worked on an ever-growing list of projects for organizations ranging from hospitals to community groups to high-tech firms, making a real impact in the community.

In just one example, Beauvais says students designed and built a prosthetic hand for a child with a physical disability. Other projects include accessible designs to improve the lives of people with reduced mobility, robots, which are entered in competitions around the world, and so-called “super-mileage cars,” which compete annually for the title of most fuel-efficient.

The new complex will increase the capacity of students to tackle such real-world problems with creative and innovative thinking.

“It’s going to take us to a completely different level,” says Beauvais.

The dean is a relatively new addition to the Faculty of Engineering, having only moved into his role last summer.

Prior to that, Beauvais hadn’t been back to the University of Ottawa since the ’80s, when he completed both his undergraduate and masters degrees in physics. At that point, the school offered engineering courses, but didn’t have a dedicated faculty for it. “We didn’t talk about entrepreneurship back then, either,” says Beauvais.

“We would tend to make things on our own, but we had nothing like this to be able to tinker around and develop ideas. We didn’t have that kind of support.”

Having lived and worked in both Sherbrooke and Glasgow, Beauvais is excited to be back in Ottawa, where opportunities abound for engaging with innovative local companies.

“That’s the best way to train our students and to develop new ideas.”



The uOttawa Faculty of Engineering’s five research themes are:

Enabling technologies for health care & augmented life

Under this research branch, several departments come together in an effort to improve the state of health care. Examples include virtual reality technologies and data science, which are used to help analyze complex imaging data in health contexts.

Technology for the digital transformation of society

This research theme largely falls under the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, which houses two of the fastest growing programs offered by the Faculty of Engineering: software engineering and computer science. This is an important area for the school’s researchers and instructors to stay at the forefront of. An example of a University of Ottawa technology that falls under this theme is an AI designed to learn natural languages, with an ultimate goal of being able to analyze them.

Sustainable & resilient infrastructure

This research area will build on the strength of the faculty’s strong civil engineering department. Much like the move in recent years towards ‘smart home’ technologies, which enable greater customization and engagement with our homes, there is an ever growing demand for ‘smart cities.’ Examples of research that falls under this theme is the civil engineering department’s work on improving water management in urban centres.

Emerging materials: design & development

Work under this research area largely falls to the faculty’s mechanical and chemical engineering departments. As the name suggests, it focuses on the invention of new materials, as well as the amelioration of existing ones. An interesting example of a technology developing in this area is polymer compound that creates organic LED light.

Photonics for devices, networks & energy

This research theme covers a range of technologies, from telecommunications to solar energy and beyond. Currently, University of Ottawa researchers are looking for ways to reduce the overall cost to install a solar power system. While the technology is decidedly better for the environment than fossil fuels and largely self-sustaining, it also comes with a high price tag.

http://www.obj.ca/article/rejuvenated-uottawa-faculty-engineering-gears-future

J.OT13
May 17, 2018, 4:29 AM
Shot of uOttawa Station and STEM.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DdUL919WAAE1nQy.jpg
https://twitter.com/Milnoc/status/996716081568993280

LeadingEdgeBoomer
Jun 15, 2018, 12:09 AM
They will spend the summer moving in the equipment and landscaping the area around it. They want it fully ready for the new school year in September.

LeadingEdgeBoomer
Aug 5, 2018, 6:16 PM
The landscaping around this building has been completed.

Admiral Nelson
Aug 14, 2018, 1:56 AM
10 Aug. Attractive addition to campus.

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Vixx
Aug 14, 2018, 2:04 AM
That looks great!

AuxTown
Aug 14, 2018, 3:15 AM
Could it be some unique architecture?!?! I am very impressed! uOttawa has quietly become a very attractive and (dare I say) pedestrian- and transit-oriented campus in my years since undergrad. Look forward to what the future brings to this place!

gjhall
Aug 14, 2018, 4:39 PM
VERY impressive from Colonel By Drive coming in from the airport - major improvement!

TheBrain
Aug 14, 2018, 6:17 PM
I like the columns and the brick work.
Doors are unlocked, they are still doing finishing work/setting up the labs however.

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SkeggsEggs
Aug 14, 2018, 8:55 PM
The stairwell reminds me of the uOttawa pool!

pico
Aug 14, 2018, 9:49 PM
But then there's this...
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1840/44037546551_cbfaa0f01f.jpg

waterloowarrior
Jul 13, 2019, 5:36 PM
Building permit - 160 Louis Pasteur Private - Exterior alterations to a 6 storey university building (uOttawa STEM Complex, glass replacement). Valued $1.504 million

related to this?

https://thefulcrum.ca/news/shattered-glass-panel-at-u-of-os-stem-complex-under-review/