Experience Profile: Mike and Ophelia Lazaridis Quantum-Nano Centre

A new, leading-edge facility will be the springboard for innovative research for generations to follow.

The Quantum-Nano Centre is a five-storey educational building at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. It houses quantum computing and nanotechnology laboratories. Nanotechnology laboratories are a relatively new type of laboratory, requiring sources of electromagnetic interference
(EMI) and structural vibration to be reduced to levels far below those which would otherwise be required for ordinary laboratories. The critical location for nanotechnology laboratories is in the basement, where EMI and vibration levels are inherently kept to a minimum.

LRI was involved as a sub-consultant to the Project Architect and provided a comprehensive array of fire protection and life safety consulting services. LRI developed an approach for application of the Code, to form the basis for the design of the facility and its fire protection systems. It was important to establish this approach to assist the Design Team and the Authority Having Jurisdiction in applying the applicable regulations in a consistent manner, for this innovative project. 

Additionally, services provided by LRI included plans review, preparation of Building Code and Fire Code reports, and the development, negotiation and acceptance of an Alternative Solution for the below-grade nanotechnology laboratories, with the Authority Having Jurisdiction.

KPMB Architects Inc.

University of Waterloo – Waterloo, Ontario

Services Provided
Building Code Review
Fire Code Review
Plans Review
Alternative Solutions
Consultation with AHJ

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