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University of Waterloo - Energy Research Centre

This 14,000sf single storey research facility built for the University of Waterloo began as a bid/spec project but took a dramatic turn when the University realized they needed additional research lab and office facilities and contracted us through Contract Management to add two more storey’s on top of the building before the first was complete.  This created some huge challenges as the first phase of this project was nearing completion before the 2nd and 3rd floor additions began. Special construction methods and safety procedures were required to ensure not to affect the occupants of the first floor during the construction of the 2nd and 3rd.

The construction of this project consisted of:

  • Concrete caisson foundations and grade beams
  • Pre-cast concrete hollow core slabs on a structural steel frame work.
  • The exterior was a mix of brick veneer, steel siding, and aluminum curtain wall, with a 2-ply modified roof system. 
  • The interior was typical drywall and block partitions, making up offices and laboratories including one clean room lab. 
  • Mechanical, electrical systems were above average configuration including a high pressure steam generator and DI and OR water systems for research purposes.

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