The Gerald Hatch Centre for Engineering Experiential Learning showcases how sustainable technologies can work together to reduce the environmental footprint of the built form and provide a leading edge in advanced green technology and research. Central to the project’s design is the concept that the operation and energy-use needs of the building will be a testing ground for an array of green energy-producing research. The building is enabled to pursue zero-net energy and to demonstrate its potential as a stand-alone resilient facility.
The Hatch Centre incorporates both a conventional heating and cooling system powered by the university’s central plant and integrates research technologies funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. These include solar photovoltaic panels, solar thermal panels, wind turbines, a CHP generator, an intensive building diagnostic system, and a geothermal field.
This new home for the undergraduate engineering teams and clubs comprises a ground floor build space and machine shop for projects, including solar car development and Formula One race team. The second-floor houses design labs and collaborative meeting space while the third floor of this compact 26,800 sq ft building has student support services. A full-height skylit atrium unites the program areas and connects with the John Hodgins Building, providing views into both spaces.