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University of Alberta Chemistry Laboratory Redevelopment

  • Client
    University of Alberta
  • Location
    Edmonton, AB
  • Completion


This project involved the redevelopment of 16 organic and non‐organic chemistry teaching laboratories for undergraduates. The existing laboratories were built in 1970 and had not been upgraded since then. Fume hoods, bench casework, and systems had all reached the end of their useful lives and replacement was required.

The lab redevelopment began with a master plan for the entire lab area at the University. There was extensive consultation with the Chairman of the Chemistry Department on all aspects of the labs, with detailed consultations with technicians and instructors.

A phased construction plan was developed to allow the department to operate out of swing space labs (older labs within the same complex) while work was underway. Timing was crucial because only one pair of swing labs was available.

Construction was scheduled in eight phases in pairs – one above the other (services are stacked, and the labs occur on two floors), with a finish date of eight months for every pair of labs. After the first pair was completed, they were occupied and the next pair was renovated until all 16 labs were completed. The renovated labs were fully equipped and ready for teaching at the start of classes in September 2017.