PRINCIPALS OF THE FIRM
This laboratory, designed
for Ontario Hydro's Research Division, was built to be Type 3 radioactive
capable. It consists of open plan analytical chemistry laboratories and
adjacent offices, Zone 3 laboratories, a survey laboratory, storage of gas
cylinders and de-ionized water, and a pilot plant with waste processing
facilities. In an effort to mitigate the territorial issues related to
specific areas of research and the changing needs of the research scientists,
the lab was designed and built as one of the few open floor plans for this
type of building. Offices are integrated with the lab (with the exception of
Zone 3) so that direct contact can be kept between scientists, recording of
data and experimentation.
In order to create maximum flexibility for future unanticipated uses, the
labs were designed an a grid system of services, most of which originate in
the ceiling space. There is a hierarchy of cable trays, supply air, exhaust,
and liquid supply within the grid that allows for drops down to each lab
bench through a central service spine. The only service in the floor is
drainage. As a result of the ease of service connections, lab benches (which
are bolted in place) and individual experiments can be disassembled and
reassembled in a new configuration in a matter of a few hours.
The building was designed to be highly energy efficient. Due to the
once-through air handling system and the large number of fume hoods, large
volumes of air are displaced. Heating and cooling is achieved by a ground
source heat pump system with heat exchanger for recovery of waste heat.
The project was awarded a "Savings by Design" award for energy
conservation design in 1992.
* Ted Davidson as
Design Architect for Ontario Hydro