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The Carleton University Canal Building became the homeĀ for programs in biomedical, sustainable energy, environmental and aerospace engineering when it opened in 2011. The 100,000 square foot building was constructed with sustainability as one of the main focuses. The building contains many features that promote sustainability, including a green roof which supports different types of plant growth. To help students learn about sustainability, three types of solar panels (photovoltaic, heat pipe collector and solar boiler) were installed on the roof of the Canal Building in 2014. Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd was retained to determine if the existing structure could support the additional loads of the solar panels, to design ballast support frames that the panel support frames could be attached to and to analyze the aluminum panel support frames for the loads imposed by the panels.