Laboratories and Lab Planning

Chernoff Thompson Architects has designed numerous research and laboratory interior projects for university, government, and corporate clients, many of which involve biotechnology facilities. For additional research facilities involving laboratory planning refer to the University and Research pages.





SFU 4D LABS Imaging Suites   Burnaby, BC

Addition of three imaging suites for 4D LABS at Simon Fraser University TASC 2 Building to house state-of-the-art research equipment for advanced materials research. This project consisted of providing three new imaging suites within the existing 4D LABS, dedicated exhaust line for a hydrogen fuel cell testing station and mechanical systems upgrade for future equipment. The new imaging suite is built independently within the existing lab space, including new floor slab isolation and separated ceiling structure all completed with sound proofed walls to provide a vibration free space for highly sensitive research equipment.




Golder Associates   Burnaby, BC

This 3000 sm (32,500 sf) facility is dedicated to providing testing facilities for soils, rock, concrete, asphalt, aggregates, and mine tailings, and includes a specialized high tech soils lab and petrographics laboratory. Support and staff space, offices, and a sample and equipment warehouse are also included. Over 150 specialized large items of equipment were relocated from two locations, many in sound-proof, vibration isolated rooms.

OmniActive Health Technologies   Charlottetown, PEI

A research and development lab for the research into nutritional ingredients for healthcare, food and personal care industries. 273 sm (2,940 sf) are located in the Prince Edward Island Bioscience Cluster.



uWAMIT Laboratories   Seattle, WA

This new 455sm (4,905 sf) lab dedicated to discovery development, translation and commercialization of molecular imaging and therapy technologies, is located on the third floor of the University of Washington Bejamin B. Hall Interdisciplinary Building. Facilities include wet lab, procedure room, tissue culture lab, and optics and dry labs, and several collaboration areas.




iAMT Laboratories   Seattle, WA

This is a full floor tenant improvement for a research group in the Benjamin D. Hall Interdisciplinary Research Building on the University of Washington Campus. Flexible laboratory and support spaces for materials science research are provided for a six principal investigators, as well as generic labs for use by industry partners. A specialized optical research lab for vibration sensitive research is provided in the basement level of the building.



Strand Lab   Seattle, WA

The Strand Lab is dedicated to developing engineering solutions to environmental problems- using molecular tools to advance bacterial and plant remediation of pollutants ranging from trace contaminants to greenhouse gases. Special features include wet and dry lab bench space, and a large plant growing room all located in the Benjamin D. Hall Interdisciplinary Building at University of Washington.



Metal Assay Lab   North Vancouver, BC

This new laboratory for the largest mineral assay lab in North America includes a large service yard, and 7 lab departments in over 8,000 sm (86,000 sf). Numerous perchorlic fumehoods with scrubbers, fumehoods, high temperature ovens, 15 furnaces, and a large number of mass spectrometers, a sensitive air balance room, and office and staff facilities are included.


Dagget Lab   Seattle, WA

This lab, part of the department of Biomedical Engineering of the School of Medicine at University of Washinton, provides space for computational engineering and bio-informatics with the goal of realistic simulation of protein dynamics, unfolding/folding, and conformational transitions linked to disease.



Ecogenomics   Seattle, WA

This is a new 1,000 sm (10,829 sf) tenant improvement for a research group specializing in ocean and enviornmental genomics. Key features of the project include large wet lab research area, a trace metals room, flow cytometry room; a special component is the "Optiwall", which is an array of large computer monitors used for visualization of ocean research information.




Genome Sciences Centre  Vancouver, BC

The BC Cancer Foundation's Genome Science Centre is the state-of-the-art research facility that first sequenced the SARS virus. This project consolidated labs and offices from several locations into 3 floors of a new biotechnology research building at 7th and Ash, Vancouver.Departments include Bioinformatics, Proteomics, Sequencing, CG and Mapping. The facility includes a server room with a capacity of over 1,300 server computers.



Cardiome Pharma Corp.  Vancouver, BC

Cardiome Pharma Corp., a private biotechnology company, occupies the entire top floor of the TEF III building located on the University of British Columbia campus. Within the 1,300 sm of usable space are: Pharmacology, Electrophysiology, Synthetic Chemistry and a Bio-Analytical Chemistry Labs, a total of 14 low flow fumehoods are installed, which ties into the LEED requirement of the base building.




ICapture Gem Project, St. Paul's Hospital  Vancouver, BC

The Gem facility in St. Paul's Hospital requires improvements to advance the iCapture research program. The renovation will provide a full spectrum of spaces. Barrier, conventional, and containment facilities are provided along with the necessary support spaces. The circulation system is designed to optimize flows and access, while minimizing conflicts. Access to all areas are direct, while establishing physical proximities and separations as required.




ICapture Lab Renovation, St. Paul's Hospital  Vancouver, BC

Renovations to three floors of the original, historic (1913) St. Paul's Hospital building to accommodate 1,208 sm (13,000 sf) of high-level laboratory and computer information system spaces for cardio-pulmonary research. The work included a large computer server room, a TEM laboratory, several specialized microscope and laser-scope rooms, specimen storage rooms and flexible research laboratories with world class fit-up components, in a 24 hour/7 day critical care facility.




Angiotech Pharmaceuticals  Vancouver, BC

A tenant improvement in the False Creek Multi-Tenant Building A. This project includes two floors of laboratories and one floor of corporate offices for Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, a leader in the fusion of medical device technologies and pharmaceutical therapies. Features include several state-of-the-art teleconferencing rooms, teaching and support facilities, a Mass Spectrometer, 400 linear meters of lab bench-top and casework, 22 fume-hoods, a tissue culture suite, radiation laboratory, and quarantine storage.



Kinexus Bioinformatics  Vancouver, BC

Owing to their business growth, Kinexus decided to move to a new expanded space in the TEF III Building at UBC. The administrative space was designed to be an integral part of laboratory space with use of extensive glazing to enhance visual and spatial continuity. Direct/indirect lighting concept was used in the laboratory space for optimum computer imaging work which was a significant part of their research process.

Angiotech Pharmaceuticals  Vancouver, BC

A tenant improvement in the False Creek Multi-Tenant Building A. This project includes two floors of laboratories and one floor of corporate offices for a leader in the fusion of medical device technologies and pharmaceutical therapies.


QLT Pilot Manufacturing Facility  Vancouver, BC

A small-scale Pilot Manufacturing Facility (PMF) was for a Vancouver based biotechnology firm. This facility consists of a suite containing ISO class 8 preparation and processing rooms with equipment housed in ISO class 5 isolators for manufacturing sterile drug products. As well, provisions are included for topical drug product manufacturing and device assembly, packaging and sterilization.