Dental Sciences Building 2nd Floor Renovations
  • CLIENT : Western University
  • SIZE : 12,000 GSF

  • LOCATION: London, ON

The 2nd floor physiology and pharmacology renovation a the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University is an example of the most complex project types completed as a major renovation in an existing building. Medical research laboratories and clinical skills teaching facilities require the highest level of architectural design and detailing and intensive construction administration to ensure that the highest quality project is produced.

Medical research laboratories and clinical skills teaching facilities require the highest level of architectural design and detailing and intensive construction administration to ensure that the highest quality project is produced.

The project is a contemporary and state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratory and, to quote the Dean of Medicine at the official opening, it is “the most advanced and beautiful laboratory project I have seen in all my visits to similar facilities across Canada.” The design intent was to entirely reconfigure existing 1966 Medical School space that entailed demolishing a number of walls demising teaching spaces, old laboratory bays and service shafts and corridors.

The intent was to provide open and light-filled areas that were easy to communicate within. The client expressed an interest in having a contemporary design that gave identity to Physiology and Pharmacology as a presence within the School of Medicine. There were also laboratory requirements for the teaching space and an adjacent Level II research lab.

The scope included asbestos abatement, extensive demolition, specialized fireproofing to exposed structure, all new HVAC and plumbing, new electrical distribution, new walls, finishes and extensive custom lab millwork. There is also a specialized mechanical system to provide for ventilation of portable anatomy tables.

The space contains a wet research lab, a wet and several dry teaching labs, material preparation areas, offices, and support spaces, all completed in a manner similar to the standards of recently renovated areas in the DSB and the adjacent Medical Science Building at Western University.