University of Alberta National Research Council National Institute for Nanotechnology
This national research lab proves that genius is in the tiniest details
- 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
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