The Dalhousie University Life Sciences Research Institute is one of the most sophisticated LEED buildings in the Maritimes. Home to an Optinet air-quality-sampling system, a heat-recovery chiller, electrical consumption ION meters, dolphin pulse water treatment, fume hoods with automatic sashes and presence sensors, and a sensory lighting control system, the facility is 175,000 square feet of green building innovation.
The institute also includes one level of below-grade parking, and two five-story buildings divided by a full-height central atrium. Both buildings house state-of-the-art laboratory space for researchers, featuring steam autoclaves, a separate lighting control system for the animals, strobic lab exhaust fans, and phoenix air valves to provide precise room pressurization.
The client was extremely pleased with this project and with PCL’s team, who were able to compress the construction schedule by eight months to mitigate a design delay and the owner’s lease agreement. In the end, PCL enabled the client to move in one full month ahead of schedule.