Successful implementation of both Logistic and Maintenance Buildings for CNL

After the first sales visit to the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories facilities on May 20th 2018, io-group was tasked to design 2 new buildings:

  • ​A logistics facility to store and distribute all materials for the entire campus from tape dispensers to heavy duty seat valves, 1+ ton raw sheet metal plates, and nuclear waste cleanup equipment to the entire campus.
  • A maintenance and support building to manufacture, paint, and assemble large equipment for the site, as well as private contracts for outside companies

io-group were contracted by HDR, the lead architecture firm, to assess the user requirements and determine the storage systems for logistics, as well as material handling solutions for the manufacturing building. In the logistics building, a mezzanine structure and wide aisle racking systems were implemented to allow for the large variety of all materials that could possible be received.

Opportunities for reusing the existing logistics equipment were also found and utilized in the maintenance facility for storage of tools for the manufacturing personnel. The maintenance building was an especially challenging building to plan, due to the extremely large size of manufactured systems (sometimes exceeding 5m long), which must be transported throughout the building. Using a combination of bridge cranes in the roof and boom cranes, flexibility for producing and maneuvering such projects was able to be implemented.

io-group produced a design, created tendering documents, facilitated supplier technical discussions, and assisted during implementation for assessment of assembly. As of November 2020, the logistics building is all but finished and starting operation for the campus. The maintenance building is partially functional and already producing projects.