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This national research lab proves that genius is in the tiniest details

Edmonton, Alberta

Built for cross-discipline research

NINT houses researchers from fields including engineering, biology, chemistry, physics, computing science, medicine, and pharmacy in a collaborative environment.

Concrete construction

The structure consists of cast-in-place concrete one-way slabs spanning to beams and girders. The girders are supported on reinforced concrete columns, founded on drilled, cast-in-place concrete belled piles.

Green features

LEED® provisions include a high performance building envelope, access to natural light, radiant heating/cooling, 100% outside air, low flow fume hoods, glycol runaround heat recovery, reduced water use plumbing fixtures, storm water management, and low VOC finishing materials.

Good vibrations

Provides state-of-the-art characterization instruments and clean room facilities that are extremely sensitive to interference from vibration, noise, electro-magnetic fields and environmental changes.

Project facts

Size: 21,330 sq. m. / 229,511 sq. ft
Cost: $48 Million
Completed: 2007
Collaborators: Hemisphere Engineering Inc, Stantec
Builder: PCL/ Maxam
Client: University of Alberta/ National Research Council

Achievements & Awards

Award of Merit, Consulting Engineers of Alberta Showcase Awards

Award of Excellence – Buildings Category, Canadian Consulting Engineer Magazine