UBC Life Sciences Centre NMR Laboratory

UBC Life Sciences Centre NMR LaboratoryACAi Role
Architect and Prime Consultant

Life Sciences Centre
University of British Columbia

UBC Project Services

900 sf


Design Team
Art Cader Architect Inc.
RJC Engineering - Structural
MCW Engineering - Mechanical/Electrical

Scott Construction

The interior alterations for the new UBC Life Sciences Centre NMR Laboratory were completed in 2011. The project involved designing an office research space connected to a separate NMR equipment room. A key role in this type of research oriented project is equipment coordination and in this case, dialogue with the NMR manufacturer Bruker based in Germany was critical to achieving the schedule and meeting the requirements of the equipment prior to the delivery and commencement of the installation. From the onset, the design needed to also address devising an acceptable method for large equipment delivery /removal through the 5 storey building into or from the basement laboratory. The new 4 ton NMR 850MHz magnet delivered from Germany required mechanical and electrical infrastructure rough-in, including a workable quench exhaust design implemented in time for the equipment installation in the fall of 2011. The NMR Lab forms an active role in pioneering research into mechanisms of microbial disease.


The firm Art Cader Architect Incorporated is focused on providing simple, elegant and innovative design solutions for a wide variety of clients and project types.

Project experience includes institutional work in the university campus research and teaching environment, science and medical based laboratory alterations, healthcare feasibility studies, and single family housing.

As an overall philosophy, the merging of art and science through opportunities in architecture is a long term goal for the firm.

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- Campus Institutional Uses
- Science Research Facilities
- Healthcare
- Commercial + Office Uses
- Museum + Exhibition Spaces
- Residential
Interior Design
Feasibility Studies
Building Code Analysis
Site Analysis
Equipment Coordination
Field Services + Contract Administration
Art + Sculpture


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