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NORAM Enhances the Educational Environment

2009-01-26

It has been less than a year since the groundbreaking, but the new Engineering V Building at the University of Waterloo has truly taken shape. The project is about halfway complete with NORAM and its specialized team of professionals currently installing the curtainwall, which will enclose the exterior of the building and allow for work on the inside.

The Engineering V Building is a six-storey, solid concrete wonder encompassing 176,000 sq. ft. and costing approximately $55 million. The new building houses two of the Engineering school’s departments: Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and Systems Design Engineering. Designed by the university’s architects with student input, Engineering V Building is truly a testament to the innovative abilities of the school and its students. And for NORAM, Engineering V Building serves as one of our best examples of customer commitment and dedication, as well as professional expertise.

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Making the Grade

When complete, the building will showcase a unitized curtainwall system for the exterior glass walls, featuring an exclusive fritted glass design. The glass walls will encompass the entire building, which will cover approximately 60,000 sq. ft.

The effective use of architectural glass and its systems are not always apparent to architects and designers. NORAM’s comprehensive insight on unitized curtainwalls (which often require more specialized attention to the design than common systems) secured this project by providing the right combination of design solutions, glazing abilities, and professional experience.

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Expertise Exercised

Engineering V Building is a very large project and beyond the industry norm for using specialized exclusive glass features. To achieve the architect’s desired effects, NORAM used a project-specific, pre-fabricated and pre-glazed unitized curtainwall system that allowed assembly of NORAM’s pre-glazed glass panels before arriving at the jobsite. This expedited construction process has resulted in reduced installation hours at the site. 

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Extended Customer Dedication

For a project the size of Engineering V Building, NORAM renovated its 40,000 square foot shop, installed specialized machinery to handle the large panels, and purchased strong, compact mini cranes for job specific installation. NORAM also dedicated a specialized crew of glazers and installers to work on the project from beginning to end, ensuring product quality and consistency throughout.

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