Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Chalk River, Ontario
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories

Introba provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering, energy modeling, and commissioning services for the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories in Chalk River, ON, Canada.

Introba (formerly Integral Group) participated in one of Canada’s largest-ever Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) projects for three new conventional (non-nuclear) buildings with Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) located on the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) site at the Chalk River Laboratories. Conventional means that these buildings will not contain nuclear apparatus or testing. 

This work is part of a more significant revitalization of the Chalk River Laboratories (CRL), funded by AECL, into a more collaborative, modern, and sustainable research campus. Following a master planning exercise undertaken by HDR Architecture Associates and CNL in 2016, several construction initiatives were identified as the foundation for the transformation. 

The three buildings being delivered by the IPD Team include a site entrance building, a support facility, and a business hub. The site entrance building and support facility are operational while the business hub is under construction. Design features include almost 100 percent mass timber construction, high-performance envelope, and carbon emission reductions through operations and embodied carbon of construction materials, aligned with national carbon emission reduction targets. 

Project Highlights

  • Supports the ongoing efforts on the Chalk River Laboratories site to demonstrate reductions in operational carbon emissions 

  • Incorporates environmental sustainability within the design and operation of the facility 

  • Embodies a human health and wellness strategy that focuses on Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ greatest asset – its employees 

Photo Credit: © CNL IPD NB Poly Party Team


Innovation Award, 2021
Ontario Wood Design Award
Honorable Mention, North America Category, 2021
World Changing Ideas
Honorable Mention, Architecture Category, 2021
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