Technology

Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Preliminary Vertical Transportation Review
Communications
Lighting Design
Client:
University of Toronto
Completed:
2006
 

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.