Mathematics 4

Rendering of a modern looking glass building with curved architectural features and a sign saying Faculty of Mathematics

As the Faculty of Mathematics continues to grow, so too will our footprint on the University of Waterloo campus. Mathematics 4 (M4) will be a new 142,000 gross square feet, 5-storey building situated in the heart of the "Math district" on campus connecting directly to Mathematics and Computing (MC), Mathematics 3 (M3), and the W.G. Davis Computer Research Centre (DC). The location will provide opportunities for access improvements to MC, and will integrate traffic flow between the North Common and the quad. It also provides an opportunity for a new pedestrian entrance from the East Campus gateway, especially with the new link connection between MC and PAC/SLC.

M4 will provide space for computer and research labs, staff and faculty offices, and classrooms. In addition, M4 will also include space for innovation and outreach activities and a state-of-the-art "green" server room to replace some of the current, less environmentally friendly machine room facilities. In the pursuit of energy efficiency and carbon performance, the building will also provide high-quality spaces that support community well-being, including mental health and wellness promotion, accessible and inclusive design, thermal comfort, noise, indoor air quality, and natural lighting. 

The M4 Design Principles

While we look towards the future and design M4 to be an inclusive space, it is important to honour the traditions of peoples who have inhabited this land for generations. The building will be developed with a set of guiding design principles that will consider and respect Indigenous perspectives including: 


Encourage and foster innovation by University of Waterloo faculty, students, and staff through:

  • World-class, state-of-the-art mathematics and computer science research labs
  • New computing systems and technologies to test the limits of math and computer science

Indigenous Perspective:

  • Weaving both indigenous values and modern mathematical concepts holistically into the building design.


Attract and retain faculty, staff, students, and industry partnerships:

  • A mix of shared and private office spaces with natural light
  • Dedicated space for tech demonstrations and meeting space

Indigenous Perspective:

  • Curvilinear design and public spaces inspired by nature designed to create a welcoming feeling.


Provide academic and social "collision" spaces that encourage diverse collaboration through a wide range of design features including:

  • Collaborative, modern meeting and breakout rooms of various sizes
  • Multi-use informal classroom spaces
  • Multiple lounges and inviting lobbies

Indigenous Perspective:

  • Working with indigenous groups, acknowledging their land and values
  • Introduce curves and binary patterns into the design
  • Design is aligned with the directions of sunrise and sunset
  • Use the power of nature to provide passive solar heating and natural ventilation
  • Considerations given to locations of assembly, and ability to smudge


M4 will be designed and built with the future in mind and include the following sustainable features:

  • Reuse of existing DC office wing
  • Natural Ventilation Chimney Exhaust Louvre
  • Passive Cooling Design
  • Waterless Plumbing Fixtures
  • Heat Recovery Chiller
  • Energy Recovery Ventilator
  • Metering
  • Co2 Sensors
  • PV Panels

Indigenous Perspective:

  • Acknowledging the beauty and primacy of nature, like passive solar heating and natural ventilation.


Maintain and enhance the connectivity with the campus at large and within the Faculty of Math by:

  • Connecting the DC and MC buildings and creating a new Math Quad
  • Equitable and inclusive design to ensure the building is accessible to the entire community

Indigenous Perspective:

  • Flow of circulation and open public spaces creating a hub for interaction

Green Space

Preserve and enhance current green spaces as much as possible by:

  • Creating a new Math Quad with enhanced landscaping and natural features
  • Increased variety of native and sustainable plant species
  • Intentionally designed sections that allow for full sun exposure as well as shaded areas
  • The tree housing the red-tailed hawk nest near MC is not in the scope of construction/demolition; impact should be minimal

Indigenous Perspective:

  • Focused on nature, and preserving campus green space.

With these principles guiding the design process, the building is scheduled to be completed in 2025. While the designs have not been finalized, you can get a sneak peek into the building style and types of features that will likely be included in the gallery below.  

  1. 2022
    1. Feb
      1. Pre-Design Phase

        • Conceptual design
        • Program confirmation

    2. Nov
      1. Design Phase

        • Schematic Design
        • Costing Estimate
        • Redesign
        • Budget approval

  2. 2023
    1. Sep
      1. Conclusion of Design Phase

        • Contract document preparation
        • Approval to proceed to Tender
        • Final Design approval

    2. Dec
      1. Build Phase

        • Construction begins of the new Mathematics 4 building.
        • Relocation of occupants from DC 2100/3100 wing. 

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