Canadian Nuclear Laboratories


Integral 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 larger 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.

Additionally, the new buildings must:

  • Support the ongoing efforts on the CRL site to demonstrate reductions in operational carbon emissions
  • Incorporate environmental sustainability within the design and operation of the facility
  • Embody a human health and wellness strategy that focuses on CNL’s greatest asset – its employees
  • Deliver building projects on schedule and on budget

The three buildings being delivered by the IPD Team include: a Site Entrance Building, a Support Facility and a Business Hub. Of which, the Site Entrance Building and Support Facility are presently operational while the Business Hub is under construction. Design features include almost 100 per cent mass timber construction, high-performance envelope, and carbon emission reductions through operations and embodied carbon of construction materials, which is aligned with federal carbon emission reduction targets.

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