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Carleton University building stacks mechanical-electrical systems


Carleton University Health Sciences Centre, Ottawa. Image: Montgomery & Sisam & NXL Architects.

Carleton University Health Sciences Centre, Ottawa. Image: Montgomery & Sisam & NXL Architects.

Construction is under way on a new Health Sciences Building at Carleton University in Ottawa.

The $52-million, 120,000 sq.ft. building co-locates health science and neuroscience students with the aim of encouraging the cross pollination of ideas.

The building will be a gateway to Carleton’s west precinct, forming one side of a new quadrangle. Clad in curtain wall and precast concrete, it has an orthogonal geometry similar to other buildings in the precinct.

The building’s mechanical and electrical services are stacked vertically in a bay along the building’s west facade, enabling them to service the different floors horizontally and leaving the lab areas free of vertical service ducts. The lab support spaces are located closest to the utilities bay, leaving the middle of the floor plate for open laboratory spaces. Collaborative areas are around the perimeter.

The ground floor has a one-and-a-half storey porch, casual spaces for students, and a 350-seat lecture theatre.

The building is being designed to earn 4 Green Globes and should be completed by 2017.

Montgomery & Sisam, and NXL, are the architects. Halsall/WSP is the structural engineer. Chorley & Bissett are the mechanical-electrical engineers.