Research Labs at MaRS South Tower

Ontario Institute For Cancer Research (OICR)

NXL Architects was the lead architect for the fit-out of four floors at MaRS South Tower for the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). OICR originally required the fit-out of the 5th floor, where NXL designed nearly 15,000 sf of offices and research laboratories for OICR’s work in genomics, bioinformatics, and cell-based research. The laboratories and offices accommodate up to 6 Principal Investigators, 20 researchers, and 10 programmers. The facility makes extensive use of robotics for automatic liquid handling, and adjustable gauges for compressed air to alter the movement and pressure of the robots, allowing the same equipment to serve different functions.

Near the completion of the 5th floor fit-out, OICR, in association with Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), took over an additional three floors (6,7,8) at MaRS South Tower and required the renovation of the existing laboratory and office area. NXL had fit these floors out previously for the original client. NXL worked with OICR and SGC to program the area, and then provided full design and contract administration services for the 40,000 sf fit-out. The facility includes an extensive data centre, laboratories, an x-ray crystalography suite, and office space.

NXL Architects, AMEC (NPS); Smith + Andersen (OICR)

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Completed 2008
Gross Area 58,000 sf
Construction $7.0M
Location Toronto, Ontario