The massive 26,010-square-metre, five-storey Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo was designed to house the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology and the university’s undergraduate program in nanotechnology engineering. The building consists of a state-of-the-art clean room, office space, extensive teaching and lab space, and is connected to existing buildings by an above grade bridge and underground service tunnel. A total of 400 academics can be accommodated.
Constructed at a cost of $130 million, the facility is the most complex scientific building erected by the university, and the first of its kind in the world. The facility was designed to meet stringent scientific standards, with controls for vibration, temperature fluctuation and electromagnetic radiation.
This project was a recipient of the Award of Excellence from the 2013 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards.
LEA Vice President Shahé Sagharian provided Structural Consulting Engineering Services on this project while employed at a previous firm.