This project involved the largest expansion (since it was built) for the Health Research Arm of the Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Ottawa. The Guindon Hall addition houses Bio-security Containment Levels 2 and 3 Laboratories, a Vivarium Facility (veterinary care facility), open concept Wet labs, and offices. As natural light and a view to the exterior are important to a laboratory environment, all labs are located along the exterior perimeter wall. As well, there is a BSL-3 (Bio-Safety Lab Level 3) suite; Kidney Research Department; and 2 floors of shell space for future development. The new construction included a four storey concrete framed addition (14,120m2) designed to minimize vibration and the potential for shrinkage and settlement cracking. The pre-cast concrete exterior skin was specially designed for security and air tight design to support the BSL 3 facility. The mechanical and electrical systems redundancy ensures uninterrupted pressurization and systems controls to the high-level lab areas. All air supply and exhaust systems are fully HEPA filtered and a 100% fresh air supply for the high level labs. All epoxy finishes and doors are completely air tight and the facility was pressure decay tested to ensure all openings were completely sealed to ensure the air tight integrity of the bio-safety labs and support spaces. Along with the new construction, renovations (1890m2) were also completed in areas of the existing building and to some building systems.
Architect: Edward J. Cuhaci & Associates Architects Inc.
Interior Designer: Edward J. Cuhaci & Associates Architects Inc.
Structural Engineer: Genivar Consulting Group Ltd.
Mechanical Engineer: JP2G Consultants Inc.
Electrical Engineer: JP2G Consultants Inc.
Civil Engineer: J. L. Richards & Associates Ltd.
Landscape Architect: James B. Lennox & Associates Inc.