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FAC I L I T Y
FACILITY
Perimeter Institute is located in the heart of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Approximately an hour
from Toronto, Waterloo and its surrounding region are home to two universities and over 400 high
tech companies. The Institute overlooks Silver Lake in Waterloo Park and is a ten-minute walk
from its experimental partner institute, the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of
Waterloo, as well as Wilfrid Laurier University.
The facility includes both private and collaborative research spaces, and also features a two-
storey library and a 200-seat theatre. Presentation spaces have recently upgraded multimedia
technologies, allowing scientific talks to be shared online with the international research
community via the Perimeter Institute Recorded Seminar Archive (www.pirsa.org).
THE
STEPHEN
HAWKING
CENTRE
The spectacular, just-completed Stephen Hawking Centre (SHC) is the only physics research
centre in the world to which the great cosmologist has lent his name. Designed by Governor
General Award-winning Teeple Architects, the SHC incorporates numerous elements to optimize
research and encourage spontaneous exchanges at every level: abundant natural light, alcoves
for discussion, windows that can be written upon as well as traditional chalkboards, and a
welcoming bistro at the building’s heart. At the same time, it provides contemplative spaces
needed for intense solitary concentration.
BY THE NUMBERS
The Stephen Hawking
Centre (SHC) has nearly
doubled Perimeter’s
physical space. Here’s
a breakdown, by the
numbers:
Researchers the SHC can
accommodate:
up to 150
Floor space added:
55,000
ft
2
New seminar and meeting
rooms:
6
Chalkboards:
A great
many
Right angles:
Very few
Photo credit: Shail Gil
Photo credit: Scott Norsworthy
Photo credit: Shail Gil