Work environment

TitleWork environment
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsCamp, A., T. Markvart, E. Mannell, and J. Vodicka
KeywordsES2 building, green programs, green space, greening building, University of Waterloo

In order to “green” sections of Environmental Studies building 2, the students of ERS 250, Greening the Campus and Community divided into groups; each group was responsible for a project that implied a distinct aspect of “green” building design to the space therein. ES2’s potential to house a “green” area presented the class of ERS 250 with an opportunity to integrate innovative and personal “green” concepts into a practical application of environmentally sustainable building design. However, as ES2 is not a new building, student creativity was limited by the design inherited from the buildings’ original structural characteristics. Current heating and cooling characteristics, window placement, lighting, room and roof dimensions, etc., determined to some extent the length to which students could incorporate their ideas into reality. Other challenges posed by “greening” ES2 included budget constraints, which placed boundaries on students choice of materials or the amount of any material that could be purchased. Overall, the class’ aimed to create a highly efficient, ecologically sustainable space, including lighting technology, maintenance, a green roof, green materials and indoor landscaping, modeled after other “green” spaces, such as the Adam Joseph Lewis Centre at Oberlin College… For full text, please e-mail