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University of Guelph Engineering Complex Facility Renewal And Expansion, Phase 2 

Guelph, Ontario

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This project saw the old labs and offices in the Thornbrough Building refurbished, including a major wet lab renovation in the core of the building. A small, single storey addition was added along with a canopy on the west side adjacent to Winegard Walk. Careful coordination on this tight site was required to accommodate pedestrians and bus access and to respect the occupants in other areas of the building.

The Richards Building was completely gutted and equipped with dry labs, office space and a 200 seat lecture hall. Four storeys of extensive asbestos removal was required. This project is expected to achieve Silver Certification by the LEED® Canada Green Building Rating System.

Instead of demolishing this 1958 building in the heart of the University of Guelphs campus, the board of directors voted to renovate and re-use this historical building and convert it to a state of the art laboratory and teaching spaces.

 Project Duration:October 2011 - April 2013
 Size: 98,705 sq. Ft
  Value:$ 19,019,000.00
 Contract Type:Public Tender
Consultants:Perkins+Will Canada, Read Jones Christoffersen Consulting, Smith
& Andersen Consulting Engineering, Crossey Engineering Ltd.

"Throughout the project, Melloul-Blamey performed in a professional and fair manner that added value to the University. I was especially impressed with their ability to deal with our complex commissioning requirements which is a critical factor for us when transitioning from construction to facility operations on campus."
Wilfred Ferwerda, M.A, P.Eng, PMP
Project Manager, University of Guelph