Designed by Adamson Associates Architects
Photography by Alina Cornea
MaRS Discovery District is a not-for-profit corporation founded by leaders from Canada's academic, business and scientific communities. MaRS intends to create a scientific research and development centre where the best-inclass scientific and medical and related sciences communities, including universities and hospitals, are brought together with business and venture capital to facilitate the commercialization of academic research in Canada.
This 15-storey wet lab facility contains research and development lab space whose main tenants include the Hospital for Sick Children and the University Health Network (UHN). At its base stands a limestone and granite-clad lobby with two retailers and a connection to the MaRS atrium. This is a unique facility, designed to accommodate the needs and requirements of the scientific and research community. The shell building is equipped with a complex central plant infrastructure to service the dry and wet laboratory requirements.
The mechanical systems allowed for tenant's general and special laboratory exhaust systems as well as central plant chilled and heating water system, sized for the specific demands of a wet lab facility.
The electrical systems included a dedicated tenant power riser systems and enhanced emergency power distribution systems. This was the first tower constructed of three and required a dedicated stand-alone fully addressable fire alarm system that was expanded to be part of a much larger system that supported all three towers.
2006 PUG Awards - Honourable Mention
2006 Intelligent Building of the Year