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Medical and Related Science (MaRS) Phase II - Ontario Institute for Cancer Research tenant fit-up


Designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects
Photos by Lisa Logan Photography

This tenant fit-up for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) includes a wet research laboratory, office space, a radioisotope lab, meeting rooms, video conference rooms with strict sound requirements, a large reception area, and a 300 sq m (3,200 sq ft) data centre. The project is located on two floors and is connected to OICR's existing laboratories by a two story enclosed skybridge.

The OICR design was completed by producing a Building Information Model (BIM). Using BIM facilitated tying into systems contained in the pre-existing MaRS base building BIM and allowed for coordination of dense mechanical systems required for laboratory areas.

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The design consists of air handlers, variable volume fume hoods, a chemical resistant drainage system, a walk in freezer/fridge, a central compressed air system, a central vacuum system, reverse osmosis outlets, and a pre-action sprinkler system for the data centre. The data centre is cooled with in row AC units served by chilled water and is modular to allow for future expansion.


There is a shared, owner supplied 1500kw generator providing critical power support for both the data centre UPS system and wet research lab. The overhead lighting system was designed as a hybrid type application consisting of LEDs and fluorescents to suit the highly specialized lighting requirements for the labs and office area environment. The lighting controls consisted of a sophisticated level of automation in the large meeting rooms interfaced with the A/V requirements. All other controls comprised of specialized dimming, occupancy sensors, daylight harvesting, and after hours programming.


The security system includes door access control tied to the base building infrastructure and server based video management system for recording and storage of video on the facility network with strategically located IP cameras.


Toronto, Ontario

Gross Floor Area

  • 54,000 sq ft

Total Construction Cost

$ 20,000,000

Completion Year