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Posted June 10 , 2013

Design Award

WalterFedy receives 2013 Steel Design Award of Excellence for UW's Environment 3

Kitchener - WalterFedy was proud to accept a Steel Design Award of Excellence for the structural design of the University of Waterloo’s Environment 3 at the 22nd Annual Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) Awards held on Thursday, June 6.
CISC is the national industry organization that represents the structural steel, open web steel joist, and steel platework fabricating industries. The organization’s annual Design Awards celebrate the innovative use of structural steel in design and construction. Recently certified LEED® Platinum—the first structure at an Ontario university, and only the third on a campus in Canada to achieve this level of sustainable design— Environment 3 was recognized in the Green Buildings category.
The extensive use of steel allows Environment 3 to span over the existing Environmental 2 Building, maximizing the vertical space available while minimizing the facility’s footprint on the otherwise constrained site. Working with Akitt Swanson & Pearce Architects, WalterFedy also provided LEED consulting and mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering for the project, which was constructed by Cooper Construction in a design build arrangement.
Accepting the award on behalf of WalterFedy, structural engineers Nigel Thompson and Neil Kennedy were also pleased to see Kevin Goorts receive a CISC Ontario Scholarship Award. Kevin recently completed his degree in Structural Engineering at the University of Waterloo (UW), which included a co-operative work term with WalterFedy. Currently employed with the firm for the summer, Kevin will return to UW in the fall to begin a Masters degree. The scholarship is given based on performance in Steel Design Courses.
Environment 3 is the latest of several local buildings for which WalterFedy successfully obtained LEED certification; others include the Waterloo Region Museum (LEED Silver) and the Kingsdale Community Centre (LEED Gold). “Environment 3 is a remarkable achievement in terms of both structural and sustainable design,” says Nigel Thompson, “and we are very proud to have contributed to it.”

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