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University of Guelph - Centre for Biodiversity Genomics


Designed by HOK Canada, Inc.
Photo by Alina Cornea Architectural Photography

The University of Guelph and the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO) created the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics (CBG), which is part of the International Barcode of Life Projects (iBOL). The project is a three-storey university research building. The facility consists of office space and wet labs. A sunlight-filled two-story atrium is located at the centre of the building to provide a main entrance and meeting spaces. This project has achieved LEED Silver Certification.

S + A Services Included:


The building's cooling and heating is provided via connection to the university's central chilled water and steam systems. Mechanical systems within the building include acid resistant drainage, lab gas, fume hood exhaust, a solvent storage room, a server room with an automatic domestic cold water backup system, as well as heat recovery on the general exhaust.


The building is supplied with power at 15,000V through a high voltage loop system. A lighting control system turns lighting off during unoccupied hours. The lighting system can be monitored and controlled from anywhere on campus. Daylight sensors and occupancy sensors minimize power consumption where rooms are not occupied and when there is enough ambient light from daylight. Each lab contains an independent power distribution panel for ease of adding or moving appliances or lab equipment. Exterior lighting has been designed to be dark sky compliant.


The telecommunications systems comprise a network of horizontal cabling infrastructure using Category 6 cable with complimentary infrastructure of multimode fibre-optic cable and multi-pair copper backbone cable. This facility was one of the first deployments of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology for the University. The cabling infrastructure is designed to support VoIP technology, general network traffic as well as IP enabled devices as refrigerators.


Guelph, Ontario

Gross Floor Area

  • 37,700 sq ft

Total Construction Cost

$ 11,300,000

Completion Year