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Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum Nano Centre (QNC)

This 285 thousand square foot building, valued at over $160 million dollars, will be a professionally staffed, state-of-the-art facility that will house more than 50 researchers and more than 100 graduate students. It will also be a focal point for the 500 undergraduate nanotechnology engineering students.

HH Angus is providing mechanical and electrical consulting engineering, security/communication design and vertical transportation design to the project. The building will feature state-of-the-art laboratories for Nanotechnology research, ion and atom trapping, nuclear magnetic resonance, low temperature superconductivity, quantum optical research and will include a suite of clean rooms for fabrication and testing of quantum and nanotechnology devices. The location for the building’s specialized labs must meet strict environmental criteria for vibration and electromagnetic interference, which will determine the location of these labs within the building footprint.

The “honeycomb” structure is a dramatic focal point of the building that responds to several significant design and engineering challenges. The pattern was inspired by the fundamental building block of nanotechnology – the intrinsically stable hexagonal carbon structure of “graphene”.

For more information on the project, click here to visit the QNC web page at Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg (KPMB) Architects.

Click here for the YouTube link to the 3D flythrough video.