SMART Technologies Inc.

The project for SMART Technologies Inc. involved the research, design, and manufacturing of telecommunications equipment. Williams Engineering (WE) worked with GEC Architecture on this 27,000 m2 complex at the University of Calgary Research Park.

SMART Technologies Inc. is both the industry pioneer and market leader in versatile, intuitive group collaboration tools, including interactive whiteboards, whiteboard capture systems, and software. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, SMART also has offices in Japan, Germany, and Washington, and distributes to more than 100 countries worldwide.

WE provided electrical engineering services for this facility. System designs included standard power, emergency/standby power, telecommunications infrastructure, security systems, lighting, and building low-tension systems. The design also included many LEED® and other sustainable design principals.

During the design development phase of this project, we conducted comprehensive daylight, interior, and parkade lighting studies to investigate how the proposed light shelves contributed to interior illumination. The in-depth daylight study, conducted with sophisticated software, focused on this interaction while exploring the lighting control options for this building. The interior and parkade lighting studies were conducted to select the best option considering lighting quality, lighting power densities, architectural aesthetics, and the construction budget within the architectural complexities of the interior environment.

The project was honored for its atrium and main entry design with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America Section Award.