By Johanne Adam
Located at the corner of King Edward Avenue and Templeton Street, uOttawa's Advanced Research Complex (ARC) offers a new model of research in photonics and Earth sciences by gathering scientists from different disciplines under one roof.
The new building will be inaugurated at the end of September 2014.
Until then, here is a first glimpse of what ARC has to offer.
Passersby will see from the street—through a two-storey glass lobby—what’s going on in the Earth sciences laboratory, where the accelerator mass spectrometer is located.
ARC brings together researchers and graduate students from the departments of physics and Earth sciences, as well as the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Scientists were consulted at various stages of the building’s design and construction, starting with the choice of the site from among five locations that were considered.
ARC’s centrepiece: the 44-tonne accelerator mass spectrometer used to detect and analyze trace radioisotopes.
Built by Pomerleau, the building extrudes from a hill in a clean, linear design. It symbolizes the stratification, or layering, of rocks. But it has an equally practical application: the photonics labs are nestled into the slope to shield them from ambient light that can affect laser experiments.
ARC will provide the foundation for strengthening the University of Ottawa’s national and international leadership in the fields of photonics and Earth sciences.