University of Alberta
National Institute of Nanotechnology (NINT)

Address (Map): 11421 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton, Alberta T6G2M9 Canada
Sector: Educational
Delivery Type: Design-Bid-Build
MCW Office: Edmonton
Status: Complete
Awards: National Institute of Nanotechnology, U of A, Edmonton AB
Sub Categories: College & University

Project Description

The 21,330 sq. m. National Institute of Nanotechnology (NINT) is a first generation Nano-research facility and the first of its kind in Canada. The facility is a six-storey building located on the University of Alberta Campus. Along with research offices, wet laboratories and clean nano-fab space, the facility features several ultra sensitive electron microscopes. In order for these microscopes to operate in the nano-scale, they must be provided with an extremely stable environment that is free from movement and vibration. Conventional air conditioning is not acceptable, requiring the heat load from these microscopes to be controlled using unconventional means. To meet this challenge, special "characterization suites" were developed to house the microscopes.


  • Consulting Engineers of Alberta, Showcase Award of Merit, 2006
  • Interior Designers of Alberta, Silver Award, 2011

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