Overlooking the Rideau Canal, Carleton University’s Canal Building is home to some of the school’s most distinguished engineering programs. Supporting the university’s education, research and partnership objectives are advanced laboratory facilities such as the Pratt & Whitney High Speed Wind Tunnel, which provides a flow speed of up to one-and-a-half times the speed of sound, as well as the Alcatel Advanced Networks Lab, Bridgman Vacuum Furnace, the Mitel VoIP Lab, the Nortel Advanced Communications Software Engineering Research and Training Lab and the Texas Instruments ELITE DSP (Digital Signal Processing) Lab. Appropriate to its high-tech mandate, the Canal Building is certified 5/5 Green Globes, equivalent to LEED Platinum sustainability level, and has been lauded by Carleton engineering dean “one of the smartest buildings in North America.” Environmentally responsible features include photovoltaic panels, occupancy-controlled lighting, low-flow water fixtures, exterior sunshades, a smart green roof with precipitation sensors, and sophisticated building control system that allows single-point, real-time collection and analysis of all operational data.
“One of the smartest buildings in North America.”
—Dr. Rafik Goubran, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Carleton University