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CANMET Material Technology Laboratory / Diamond Schmitt Architects

  • 01:00 - 4 January, 2012
CANMET Material Technology Laboratory / Diamond Schmitt Architects
CANMET Material Technology Laboratory / Diamond Schmitt Architects, © Peter A. Sellar
© Peter A. Sellar

© Peter A. Sellar © Peter A. Sellar © Peter A. Sellar © Peter A. Sellar +8

  • Architects

  • Location

    Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • Architects

    Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Structural Engineer

    RJC Consulting Engineers
  • Mechanical Consultant

    Cobalt Engineers
  • General Contractor

    Ellis Don
  • Area

    165000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

From the architect. The CANMET Material Technology Laboratory, which is striving for LEED Platinum certification, was designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects for Natural Resources Canada, a federal agency.This 15,400-square meter (165,000-square foot) facility will host metallurgical research in an environment filled with natural light, fresh air ventilation, planting gardens and a multitude of renewable and passive schemes, all of which serve to diminish energy consumption by 70 percent.

© Peter A. Sellar
© Peter A. Sellar

Approximately three-quarters of the three-storey facility include lab configurations with floor to ceiling heights of four to twelve meters with bridge cranes capable of lifting up to ten tons. Some activities that take place in these labs include casting, metal forming, welding, and analytical testing.

© Peter A. Sellar
© Peter A. Sellar

Office and support space engage the rest of the building, which features an accommodating work atmosphere for CANMET personnel. Enlightening office space, well-configured labs with outside views improve the workplace. A light infused atrium with an elliptical stairway connects all three floors that encompass lounges and terraces to provide welcoming spaces for interaction.

© Peter A. Sellar
© Peter A. Sellar

Renewable energy sources at CANMET include 209 rooftop solar thermal collectors that provide radiant heating and the building’s entire annual domestic water heating requirements, with on site storage in solar cisterns for unused solar heat. An 80-hole borehole thermal energy field complements the renewable thermal energy sourcing while a 6000-square-foot solar wall preheats incoming air to further reduce reliance on conventional heating systems.

© Peter A. Sellar
© Peter A. Sellar

Further energy savings are augmented with a high performance thermal building envelope and triple glazing. Solar shades reduce heat gain and glare, while specialty glazing directs light deep into the space paired with daylight and occupancy sensors to reduce energy consumption for lighting. The building systems are fully automated and the data will be available to provide real time feedback on performance.

© Peter A. Sellar
© Peter A. Sellar

Rainwater from the expansive roof is collected and stored in underground cisterns to serve the building’s water needs and irrigation. Overall water use will be reduced by 87 percent.

© Peter A. Sellar
© Peter A. Sellar
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "CANMET Material Technology Laboratory / Diamond Schmitt Architects" 04 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/196785/canmet-material-technology-laboratory-diamond-schmitt-architects/>
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Michael Leckman · January 25, 2012

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Birgit Siber · January 23, 2012

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CDML · January 07, 2012

Constructed by @EllisDon this Federal Government lab for CANMET is pursuing LEED Platinum in Hamilton http://t.co/K3Y9KInp

Managing Editor · January 06, 2012

RT @diamondschmitt: Constructed by EllisDon this Federal Government lab for CANMET is pursuing LEED Platinum http://t.co/5IgOrWeT

EllisDon · January 06, 2012

RT @diamondschmitt: Constructed by EllisDon this Federal Government lab for CANMET is pursuing LEED Platinum http://t.co/5IgOrWeT

Diamond Schmitt · January 05, 2012

Constructed by @EllisDon this Federal Government lab for CANMET is pursuing LEED Platinum in Hamilton http://t.co/K3Y9KInp

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