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Science Program

Organizational Relationships :
•    Organisation to favour interdisciplinary interaction between floors and users but maintain a high level of privacy and security for the research department.
•    Common support spaces can offer a link between the private research branch and teaching facilities.
•    Labs (teaching and research) generally share support services (equipment storage, cold/freezer rooms, waste disposal…etc.)
•    Due to constantly changing nature of research, spaces should be flexible and easily adaptable.  The Genome department is expected to grow the fastest. 
•    The departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry are preferably adjacent.
•    Biology may also be linked with the Genome department.
•    Genome and Brain imaging share scanning equipment (21m2).
•    Waste disposal rooms (regular and toxic) should be adjacent to the loading dock, and require access from both exterior and interior.

Suggested Additions to the Program:
•    Café
•    Staff lounge/kitchenette
•    Library / Archives space
•    Greenhouse (biology)
•    Mechanical Rooms (as per individual designs / needs)
•    w/c and change rooms
•    video-conference rooms
•    Water collection and treatment feature

Diagram York University
Science Centre
Technical Requirements:
•    Mechanical equipment in research buildings occupy a significant amount of space, in the form of a mechanical penthouse and lower floor.
•    Freight elevator for mechanical and lab functions.
•    Frequent exchanges of air in labs require a large air intake and exhaust system.  Vertical service shafts extend from the labs to the full height of the building to connect to service rooms permitting efficient air circulation and control.
•    Research functions may be sensitive to noise and vibration from mechanical equipment.

Modules:
•    The concern for modularity reflects the need for flexibility and technical requirements of the research branch.
•    A Lab unit includes work areas, associated offices, service/instrument rooms, circulation space and service corridors.
•    Lab size is based on a 10’-6” (3.2m) wide module, which allows for two 2’-9” counters and a 5’-0” circulation space.  The average teaching lab will consist of 2 or 3 modules to hold 25 students.
•    Corridors must be big enough to permit large traffic volumes (beginning/end of class) and allow for transport of equipment. 8’ between labs and 6’ between offices.



Module 1 Module 2
Chemisty and Biology
Clinical James
Bibliography
Canadian Architect, January 2001, Vol. 46, Number 1, p.16-17
Canadian Architect, January 2002, Vol. 47, Number 1, p.18-21
Progressive Architecture, August 1990, p.98
Architecture Record, August 2000, p.152
BIC program
Concordia Competition



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