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Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects
This building consists of 5 floors of research and teaching labs, meeting rooms, office space and a central sunlit atrium. The atrium located between the office spaces and lab spaces provides a meeting place for students and staff. To coordinate the various systems for the building design, work was completed in BIM during the design phase versus the construction phase. As the building is for the Facility of Environmental Science, it was imperative to include and showcase energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems. This laboratory building is modeled as performing 53.2% better than the Model National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (MNECB), 42.9% better than ASHRAE 90.1-2010, and 40.7% better than ASHRAE 90.1-2013. The project has achieved LEED Gold Certification.
Many innovative mechanical systems were included in the building including earth tubes to pretreat outside air to the office spaces, a geothermal cooling/heating system with a borehole field located below the building footprint, condensing boilers, magnetic bearing chillers, variable volume fume hoods, a glycol heat recover system on the lab exhaust, an air sampling system in the labs to record and adjust air flow rates to minimize outdoor air rates, and an energy metering system. Other unique items in this project are: a smoke control system for the atrium, a chemical dispensing area, preaction fire suppression systems, services for a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) machine, walk in fridges/freezers, a high pressure steam system for autoclaves, chemical resistant drainage and neutralization tank, central compressed air, and a reverse osmosis system.
To coordinate the various systems for the building design, work was completed in BIM during the design phase versus the construction phase. LED light fixtures, an energy metering system, and an intelligent lighting control system that adjusts the lighting levels based on occupancy, time of day and ambient light levels (daylight harvesting) were installed. Infrastructure for a future photovoltaic system has also been installed.