Renewed Facilities for Applied Sciences and Process Engineering

IDEA's renovations to Applied Science and Process Engineering facilities provides new infrastructure support for emerging research leaders developing products that improve performance, productivity, and efficiency, while at the same time reducing costs, energy consumption, and waste.

Overhaul of Chemical Engineering Facilities

The Sexton Campus' Chemical Engineering Building and A.E. Cameron Building have served students and researchers in process engineering and the applied sciences since the 1960s. The IDEA Project's most significant renovation is a complete overhaul of the Chemical Engineering Building: the frame and foundation of the original facility has been maintained, but on the inside everything has been rebuilt.

Enhanced Facilities for Clean Technology Research

Clean technology is essential for Nova Scotia’s future, with the province targeting 40 per cent renewable energy by 2020 and likely to target further increases in renewable capacity in years to come.

The renewed Applied Science and Process Engineering facilities expand on Dalhousie’s existing research, commercialization, and innovation infrastructure facilities in this area. Core facilities provide advanced analytical capacity for examining new materials for use in clean technologies, including solar energy and biofuels.

These new facilities include:

  • A state-of-the-art biorefinery pilot plant.
  • Advanced Analytical and Genomics Clean Water Technology Laboratory.
  • clean air technologies laboratories.

Through their research, our faculty and students will continue to contribute to innovations that make our society more sustainable, all while helping to cement Halifax's role as the innovation hub of the Atlantic Provinces.

Commitment to Sustainability

Research & Development capacity is not the only reflection of our commitment to sustainability: the renovated facilities themselves incorporate state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure to reduce the facilities' footprint.

The substantial renovations include:

  • retrofits to the exterior of the building to reduce heating needs.
  • all-new energy efficient HVAC infrastructure.
  • energy efficient lighting.
  • upgrades to the electrical distribution systems.
Even as its facilities contribute to the development of innovative, sustainable technologies, the renewed Applied Science and Process Engineering facilities will also contribute to the university's mission to have the Sexton Campus achieve Leeds Platinum certification.