HFKS Architects Inc.


Health Research Innovation Facility, University of Alberta, Edmonton

The Health Research Innovation Facility (HRIF) is the creation of a 66,000 m2 world-class research facility to accommodate expanding teams in various fields. Constructed on two sites, HRIF accommodates two distinct entities: Katz Group Centre for Pharmacy and Health Research and Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research Innovation. Designed as a flexible and modular facility, HRIF maximizes efficient use of space and supports future, as yet undefined research activities. The facility also includes classrooms which accommodate the wide-range of multi-media, audio-visual, data communication requirements, and instructional-related laboratory spaces for students. HRIF adds to the site of interconnected buildings, which together form the health sciences research complex. The project scope of the initial project phases included programming, functional program verification, massing studies, circulation impact studies, impact on existing facilities, site circulation (vehicular and pedestrian), implementation strategy, evaluation of complex decanting, and preparation of room data sheets. (HFKS & ONPA Joint Venture).

Throughout the life of this project, the prime consulting team was engaged in various Fit-Outs that covered a wide cross-section of research laboratories, including: Biological Safety Level 2 (BSL2), Biological Safety Level 3 (BSL3), cGMP, microbiology, histology, neuroscience, ophthalmology, physiology, cell biology, imaging suites, dental research, oncology, pharmaceutical sciences, virology, pediatric, immunology, biomedical engineering, and several other specialties.

The GMP Labs are finished in Arcoplast - a fiberglass, reinforced composite wall panel system. This durable and impervious material is anti-microbial and non-shedding.

Health Research Innovation Facility, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Health Research Innovation Facility, University of Alberta, Edmonton
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