The Cumming School of Medicine’s Optogenetics Facility (CSMOpto) is home to the University of Calgary’s state-of-the-art photonics platform for studying both the brain and nervous system in animals.
Located in the basement of the Health Science Centre, the CSMOpto provides the University of Calgary’s students and faculty with access to behavioural rooms, surgery rooms, data analysis stations, and storage for neurotechnologies research. The renovation to the more than 4,800-square-foot CSMOpto facility included demolition, drywall, painting, flooring, laboratory casework, and improvements to the mechanical and electrical scopes of work.
For the CSMOpto renovation, it was critical that the project team work with the University of Calgary to understand the university’s and its faculties' operating requirements before beginning the renovation. Some of the research taking place in the Health Science Centre and other neighbouring facilities occurred around the clock, and minimizing disruption to researchers, their subjects, and facilities was a top priority for the project team.
To mitigate the impact of construction on the operating laboratories and animal research, the project team hosted “good neighbour” meetings to develop positive working relationships with stakeholders and to gain a complete understanding of adjacent departments' sensitivities to noise and vibration.