The University of Calgary Western Canadian Microbiome Centre, a germ-free facility, is the largest facility of its kind at an academic institution in the world.
This 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art medical laboratory features embryo transfer, breeding, gnotobiotic procedure, and level-two pathogen procedure and imaging rooms.
The client’s goal was to create a sterile environment to facilitate the research of the microbiome’s influence on chronic diseases. To ensure that the various levels of sterilization are maintained, pressure differences from once space to the next are generated by a dedicated air-handling unit.
Once the existing lab was demolished, PCL created a full mock-up of the layout for each room. The client was able to complete a detailed walkthrough to identify any concerns prior to construction..
The project team hosted "good neighbor" meetings to develop positive working relationships with stakeholders and to gain a complete understanding of the project area and adjacent departments. The team monitored noise and vibration to ensure that the construction activities would not affect ongoing research.
PCL was able to provide the client with 360-degree progress photos that will be used in the review of maintenance requirements or to help develop the design of future facilities.