St. John’s, Canada
HOK; Hearne Fougere
Memorial University of Newfoundland
43,665 m² (470,000 ft²)
Structural Engineering Consultant in association with DBA Consulting
Targeting LEED® Silver
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Atlantic Canada’s largest university with over 18,000 students, is building a new Core Science Facility to address the Faculty of Science’s growth needs with a state-of-the-art research, laboratory, and teaching facility.
The five-storey, 440,000 ft² Core Science Facility will house modern research and teaching facilities, wet and dry laboratories facilities, and office administration areas to support advanced fundamental and applied research in biochemistry and molecular biology (including genomics, proteomics, cell biology, biotechnology, and biophysics), physical sciences (chemistry, physics, and earth sciences) and encourage collaboration and multi-disciplinary research. The building is targeting LEED Silver.
Challenge: Providing a structural system compatible with research and teaching laboratory space and local construction practices.
Solution: Entuitive investigated structural systems in steel and concrete for various grid spacing options based on a multiple of a standard lab bench module. Appropriate vibration criteria were incorporated into typical bay studies. In addition, local contractors were consulted on preferred systems based on the project size and schedule, and a comparative costing of the systems considered was undertaken. A structural system was selected that best met the multiple criteria applicable to the project.