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Construction Information

Life Sciences Research Institute

  • Location: 1344-48 Summer Street, off University Avenue
  • Size: 159, 029 sq ft
  • Budget: $65 M
  • Construction start date: August 2008
  • Construction completion date: April 2011
  • Architects: WHW Architects Inc.
  • Construction firm: PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
  • Amenities:
    • Secure bicycle storage
    • Showers and change rooms
    • 62 underground parking spaces
    • Double loading dock
    • 6-storey atrium with meeting areas & soft seating
  • Green features:
    • Target LEED Certification
    • Preferred parking for car pooling
    • Secure bicycle storage
    • Showers and change rooms to encourage alternative transportation
    • Light fixtures designed to reduce light pollution
    • Landscaping to provide biodiversity and bird habitat
    • Low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce use of potable water
    • Optimize energy performance 29% better than the model national energy code for buildings
    • Facilities for the storage and collection of recyclables
    • Building materials selected on basis of maximum recycled content, regionally manufactured and low emissions
    • Lighting controls and energy efficiency lighting fixtures
    • Maximize daylighting and views to occupied spaces
    • Green housekeeping
    • Exhaust air heat recovery
    • Energy efficient building envelope with R-20 walls and R30 roof, argon filled, low E double glazing with non-metallic thermal break on curtain wall glazing
    • Low flow fume hoods
    • Increased ventilation effectiveness with Aircuity Optinet system that monitors air quality and adjusts ventilation as required