Supply store

Supply store helpdesk

The supply store is a resource available to current Waterloo Architecture students only.

The supply store provides students with a convenient location to purchase basic architectural supplies such as adhesives, drafting supplies, writing instruments, papers and boards, sketchbooks, basswood, as well as limited media sales (DVDs).

Located in room 2004, the supply store is in the same location as the ACM Helpdesk and houses two large format printers (plotters) for student use.


Hours may be reduced between academic terms. All changes will be posted on the exterior ACM door and sent to the yahoo e-groups in advance. The supply store is closed weekends and University of Waterloo Holidays.

Supply store policy

  1. All sales are FINAL No returns, exchanges, or refunds.
  2. All items must be paid for before they leave the store.
  3. Services such as plotting are paid for when picked up. If within 2 business days we have not received payment, your computing account will be frozen. Refusal to pay for services rendered may result in your marks being withheld and you may not be able to register for the next term until payment is received.


There are two large format plotters available for student use. They are located in ACM on the second floor.

We will not plot files that are too large (max. 80MB) and students will be expected to pay for what is produced unless it is a printing error on our part. Those who choose not to pick-up or pay for their prints within 2 business days will have all computing accounts frozen until payment is received. If payment is not received by the end of term, students' marks will be withheld and they will not be able to register for their next term.

Instructions for Plotting

  1. Layers should be flattened at each stage of the process - before making a .pdf file.
    *For example, if importing layered files from Illustrator into InDesign, you should flatten the Illustrator files before importing. InDesign will not flatten another program's files.
  2. Your file should be no more than 35.5" wide (there is a .25 white margin that prints on each side). If wider than 35.5" we will have to crop or scale down your plot to make it fit. If you choose a smaller width (24" x 48"), you are still required to pay for 36" width paper.
  3. Files should be submitted in .pdf format.
  4. Final images should be no larger than 200 dpi.
  5. Please ensure you have properly prepared your document for printing. We reserve the right to refuse documents that are too large or improperly prepared.

Regular plotting policy

  1. A deposit is not required when you drop off your files, however, if you do not pick up & pay for your plots within 2 business days, your computing account will be frozen until your plots have been paid for.
  2. Any files received before 11 a.m. will be available by 10 a.m. the next business day.
  3. Files received after 11 a.m. may be accepted but there is no guarantee that they will be available for pick-up by 10 a.m. the next day.
  4. All documents are printed exactly as specified by the embedded colour profile. Colours are not guaranteed to print the way they look on the monitor. If you are concerned about colour calibration or any other quality issues for projects please speak with your professor before printing.
    * It is recommended that you print a test plot when you drop off your files (subject to regular plotting prices).
  5. No Refunds will be given for plots that do not print as expected unless the problem is due to obvious hardware failure.

Deadline Plotting Policy

The plotting policy during a printing deadline is the same as the regular policy, with a few exceptions:

  • We do not accept test plots on the day of a deadline. You must submit your test plot in advance if you wish to ensure the colour and quality is acceptable.
  • ACM will be open extended hours for a plotting deadline. The hours depend on the time of the deadline. We will post the hours on the door outside ACM and send an email to the student email group in advance.
  • ACM will set a deadline for files to be submitted by, to allow sufficient time for printing. This will be determined by the plotting deadline time, number of students in the class, number of panels per student, etc. If your files are not submitted to ACM by the designated time, there is no guarantee that your plots will be available for the deadline.

Plotting Prices

  • Bond Paper: $2.00 / square foot
  • Vellum or Matte Photo Paper: $3.00 / square foot
  • Mylar: $4.00 / square foot

For all media types : prints with full ink coverage (i.e. black background) will be charged $2.00 more per square foot, and line drawings will be charged $1.00 less per square foot.

Store hours

Monday to Friday: 9 am - 5 pm

Closed daily for lunch: 12 pm - 1 pm


7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, Ontario
Tel:  519.888.4567 ext 27600
Fax: 519.622.3525

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