Athabasca University, Athabasca University Labs (renovation), Alberta, Canada
Budget: $2.7 million.
Size: 9,386 ft2.
Project team: Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta (architect, mechanical engineer, interiors); Stantec Consulting Ltd., Edmonton (electrical engineer).
Completion date: 1Q2011.
Description: Renovation of teaching/research laboratories more than doubled existing laboratory space, serving off-campus students who must have a home base for required laboratory portions of classes, as well as faculty researchers. Disciplines served include geology, microbiology, chemistry, physics, and biology. A 24-student teaching laboratory can be used by larger groups. Fume hood diversity and a modern DDC and sensing system were implemented to allow double the number of fume hoods without replacing the supply air handling. Sustainable features include non-VOC-emitting materials, reuse of some cabinet systems, and increased daylighting.
Contact: Shafraaz Kaba, Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd., firstname.lastname@example.org