Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Preliminary Vertical Transportation Review
Lighting Design
University of Toronto

The Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research (CCBR) is an innovative, multi-disciplinary facility and the first of its kind in Canada: an advanced research centre competing with the world’s top research and development institutions.

The CCBR provided interesting challenges in mechanical and electrical engineering and communications specifications, and was designed as a highly functional, flexible and technically advanced genome research facility. A 13-storey glass tower with a gross floor area of 221,010 ft2, the building is an outstanding example of sustainable design. It comprises a range of variable space requirements – highly controlled laboratory floors are located beside naturally ventilated public spaces like the Winter Garden. Natural ventilation is achieved by the double facade on the south side which, like a chimney, not only circulates air but also assists cooling in hot weather and acts as a thermal sink in sub-zero conditions. This stack effect, controlled by variable dampers, considerably reduces the heating and cooling load.