York University - Life Sciences Building (Labs)

Completion: February 01, 2012

Location: Toronto

Total Construction Value: $70,000,000

Size: 200000 sq. ft.

The new Life Sciences Building at York University’s Keele St. Campus was funded under a Federal/Provincial Knowledge Infrastructure Program. Completed in 2012, the facility features lecture halls and classrooms on the main level, chemistry and biology teaching labs on the second floor, and research lab space on the third and fourth floors. The building can house up to 50 researchers and 1500 students from the Faculty of Science.  

Mechanical Systems

As the general mechanical contractor, Kelson was responsible for the entire mechanical package including fire protection, insulation, sheet metal, building automation controls, and lab air controls. The building features a basement mechanical room containing the eight air handling units that provide ventilation throughout the building. Steam and chilled water services from York University’s central utilities plant enter the building via a service tunnel. The incoming steam services the glycol heating and hot water heating systems through shell and tube heat exchangers and generates potable and non-potable water at semi-instantaneous water heaters. The steam also serves air handling unit humidification and lab sterilizing and glass washer equipment. Laboratory services include reverse osmosis, compressed air, vacuum, CO2, argon, and natural gas. The associated equipment is located in basement mechanical rooms. A total of nine Strobic exhaust fans mounted on the roof provide laboratory exhaust air to lab areas and fume hoods. A series of rooftop fans provide general exhaust from other areas of the building.