Trent University - Water Quality Centre


Designed by Shore Tilbe Irwin + Partners

The addition to the existing Science Complex added research and teaching laboratories, offices, and a water quality research centre. Laboratory services include nitrogen, argon, natural gas, vacuum, compressed air, reverse osmosis water, and domestic water. River water is piped in to some labs for experiments.

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Upgrades to the Science Complex's existing central plant were included to allow for the expansion. The upgrades included replacing an older CFC-11 machine with higher efficiency non-CFC machines. The central plant heating system was re-piped into a primary/secondary system to service the addition.

A landscaped roof added to the energy efficiency of the envelope design. Also, low flow fume hood technology was applied to the approximately 45 fume hoods in the addition. A manifold, variable volume exhaust and make-up system was employed and low energy consumption humidification was included.


Peterborough, Ontario

Gross Floor Area

  • 45,000 sq ft

Total Construction Cost

$ 12,000,000

Completion Year