Carleton University NESBITT Building

Project Description

Renovation of existing 2,500 m2 building, and 3,000 m2 addition to accommodate state-of-the-art biology research laboratory, teaching support and administrative areas.

Mechanical systems included low velocity fume hoods with a centralized manifold exhaust system c/w heat recovery, separate radio-isotope fume hood exhaust systems, separate dedicated air handling systems for the administrative office and laboratory occupancies, perimeter radiant heating system, central RO water treatment systems, vacuum, propane and CA systems, well water system for aquatic laboratory which included detailed systems for aquatic species housing, quarantine spaces, wash areas and mechanical systems for RO water systems and treatment systems, site central automation and monitoring. The project was constructed in several phases with partial occupancy during the construction and phasing of spaces was critical in the project delivery method.

Electrical systems included special laboratory systems including special electrical distribution with emergency back-up power and specific researcher’s needs for back-up power. The lab systems required detailed coordination between all disciplines and research lab furniture and researcher’s equipment. The lighting system for laboratories required coordination with lab specific needs such as animal holding areas and in some cases required special control. The key to the successful project was early definition of researcher’s equipment and detailed information early in the design process. Normal and emergency power distribution, new lighting fire alarm system with site central automation and monitoring. The project was constructed in several phases with partial occupancy during the construction so electrical distribution as critical in this planning process.

Project Details

  • Owner: Carleton University
  • Project Location:Ottawa, ON
  • Construction Completion:2005
  • Building Type:Laboratory & Office
  • Project Type:Renovation
  • Construction Value:$4.5M (M&E)