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Nunavut Research Institute, Iqaluit


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The Nunavut Research Institute is a research centre containing atmospheric and water research facilities. The design for the facility began in the fall of 2009 with construction underway on barge arrival in the summer of 2010.  Occupancy is scheduled for the spring of 2011.

The research facility is comprised of two buildings sharing a common open-deck area. The administrative building contains a research laboratory and administrative offices. The laboratory building contains research laboratories, library and several classrooms. Located on permafrost, ad freeze piles support the building and deck.  Given the short summer construction period, the design incorporated materials that allowed for quick erection and enclosure of the buildings.

The need for energy efficiency is always a design consideration in the high Arctic. We were able to meet this need with efficient mechanical and electrical systems and controls. MBM air/vapour barrier at walls and roof were accompanied with high insulation levels, triple glazed, low-E, argon filled sealed units in thermally broken frames. The operable windows provide fresh air for occupants during the summer months.

Consultant Team:

Architects / Prime Consultant: PSAV Architects Ltd.

Structural Engineers: Nelson Engineering Inc.

Mechanical Engineers: Thorn Engineering

Electrical Engineers: FSC Architects and Engineers

Geotechnical Engineers: EBA Engineering Ltd.