Designed by NXL Architects
Photos by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography
Located just across the street from the University of Toronto St. George campus, the MaRS Discovery District is a project which Smith + Andersen has been involved in since the early 2000s. Designed primarily as "shell" laboratory space, we have continued our involvement in the space over the years with laboratory tenant fit-up projects. Our most recent project is a floor in the phase 2 tower for the Ryerson University wet laboratories.
These laboratories are provided with a hybrid HVAC system, including chilled beams in concert with a variable air volume laboratory ventilation system. An air sampling and testing system has been installed and linked with the building automation system (BAS) to allow the air handling system to ramp down to a minimum supply and exhaust air volume when contaminants are absent from the air stream. Integrated with lab air valves, this allows for the minimum required outdoor air to be supplied at all times. Other systems include variable volume fume hoods, central compressed air and vacuum systems, reverse osmosis water generation, chemical resistant drainage, radioisotope resistant drainage and exhaust, walk-in freezer and a pre-action sprinkler for data rooms.
There is a shared, owner supplied 1500kw generator providing critical power support for the wet research lab. The lighting system is designed to utilize LEDs to suit the highly specialized lighting requirements for the lab, support lab, and office area environments. The lighting controls provide automation for large work stations, wet research lab and office spaces. The controls use a sophisticated level of automation which utilizes occupancy sensors, daylight harvesting and after hour programming.