The new Research and Laboratories Building for the Faculty of Engineering at the Pontifical Javeriana University in Bogotá offers an immersive experience for its engineering students. From its initial conception, the new building was designed to foster innovation as the building itself is a tool to teach students. Glass interior walls let students see the inner workings of the building and understand its complexity, while other features, such as solar panels, serve a dual purpose of conserving energy and providing an opportunity for the students to conduct research on solar energy. Meanwhile, the new laboratories will house state-of-the art equipment and dedicated space to study emerging fields such as nanotechnology. The new building will adjoin the university’s older engineering building and will be used for classes and research by students studying civil, industrial, electronic and systems engineering. Students will also share the space with partners in the public and private sectors.
The 14-story building uses energy-efficient features such as external shading devices, energy-efficient air conditioning and photoelectric sensors that automatically turn off lights when there is sufficient day light. Water use is reduced by up to 44% through low-flow faucets, water-efficient single flush water closets and more. Additionally, construction materials such as hollow core precast slabs for floor and roof construction conserve embodied energy in materials. Founded in 1623, Pontifical Javeriana University is one of Colombia’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Nicknamed La Javeriana, the university is a premier institution for research and engineering programs.
The Research and Laboratories Building for the Faculty of Engineering has received a preliminary EDGE certificate from CAMACOL.