AECL Laboratory Relocation
- Project Management
- Location: Chalk River, Ontario
- Value: $4.6M
- Client: Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL)
- JLR Contact: Jim Evenson
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Due to our experience with complex renovations, alternative implementation methods, and nuclear laboratories, JLR was selected by AECL to provide fully integrated multi-disciplinary engineering and architectural services for this major renovation of existing operating facilities to accommodate the relocation of nuclear laboratories to the Chalk River site. The project was implemented under a “fast-track” process with a predefined fixed capital cost. Design was carried out in stages to suit AECL’s operational priorities, with construction following under a construction management format. The scope of our services extended from development of the functional requirements through to final commissioning and occupancy.
The major portion of the project involved the renovation of existing, and the addition of new mechanical systems, which included specialized nuclear laboratory ventilation and filtration systems. Laboratory fume hood controls maintained critical fume hood face velocities with varying sash position achieving safer and more energy efficient operations.
We met the architectural challenge of renovating existing laboratories to meet new laboratory functional requirements in a highly cost-effective manner by reusing existing furnishings and equipment wherever possible.
This renovation project allowed the complete transfer of laboratory operations to Chalk River within nine months of the start of concept design. Critical areas were occupied within five months of concept design. The advantages of our in-house integrated engineering and architectural team were successfully demonstrated in this challenging project.