AbCellera Campus Expansion

AbCellera Campus Expansion

Vancouver, BC
AbCellera's new expanded biotechnology campus in Vancouver as seen from above

We provided mechanical, electrical, technology, and lighting services at this biotechnology campus in Vancouver, Canada.

This cutting-edge AbCellera biologics facility will be a pivotal component of this biotech giant's CAN$700-million expansion initiative in central Vancouver. Once complete, the entire campus will include both R&D laboratories (including those at 150 West 4th Avenue) and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.

This project, which is outfitting a seven-story building in collaboration with Chernoff Thompson Architects, is the second establishment that AbCellera, one of Canada's largest biotech companies, has undertaken. This facility, spanning 167,000 square feet, will comprise office and research laboratory spaces. It will adhere to LEED standards and features innovative, energy-efficient design with zero carbon heating and domestic hot water production, which is a pioneering sustainability approach for laboratories in British Columbia.

We played a significant role in this project via our mechanical and electrical design services, including lighting and technology integration. The mechanical design encompasses zero carbon heating and domestic hot water solutions to meet the stringent building requirements of the City of Vancouver. This involves the use of heat pump technology and a flexible ventilation system to accommodate future expansion or renovations. 

The electrical design includes a resilient power system throughout the building, featuring flexible distribution for potential laboratory expansions and backup power from generators and UPS systems in case of outages. The lighting control system was implemented to ensure compliance with ASHRAE 90.1 standards and to accommodate changes based on lab user requests.

The project is nearing completion.

Photo: Rico Marques Photography

Sustainability components

  • All electric heating and DHW systems

  • Energy recovery ventilation systems

  • Low lighting power density and control systems

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