Academic: Post-Secondary

University of Alberta - University Commons, Redevelopment

Project Details

University of Alberta - University Commons, Redevelopment


Edmonton, AB, Canada


University of Alberta




Electrical Engineering Consulting Services and Specialty Lighting Design


Targeting LEED® Silver

  • 2022 Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) - Northern Lighting Award for Interior Lighting Design

Originally constructed in 1921, the University Commons building was the original home of the faculty of medicine and the first building on campus to have auditoriums. Home to a variety of departments over the years (including the Slowpoke Nuclear Reactor) the heritage structure required renovations to adapt and repurpose the space for a modern university.

The redevelopment of the building includes a seven-storey glass addition to the back of the building which includes a rooftop and façade integrated solar/photovoltaic arrays, high efficiency mechanical and electrical systems, and a triple glazed envelope. The new addition is home to a four-storey atrium as well as a smudging room for use by the university’s indigenous students and faculty.

New lighting was designed for the exterior façade, surrounding landscape, and interior of the heritage building. Designed to create a feeling of history and place, the lighting references works by renaissance artist Piranesi.

The project is targeting LEED Silver certification.

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