TRIUMF is Canada’s national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics. The new Advanced Rare IsotopE Laboratory (ARIEL) expands Canada’s capabilities to produce and study isotopes for physics and medicine. The main ARIEL building has a footprint of about 800 square metres with 2 levels below grade and 3 levels above grade including a full floor of mechanical penthouse. The building contains a 4-storey Target Hall and support spaces on 5 levels. Construction is reinforced concrete with steel roof. Mass concrete raft slab and wall elements up to 1.2m thick provide required radiation shielding.
The facility contains over 5000 cubic metres of concrete. A new tunnel connects the main facility to the existing Accelerator Building which contains a renovated Electron Hall laboratory area containing massive cast-in-place concrete block elements. Auxiliary buildings to the main facility (designed by Bush, Bohlman & Partners) include 3 steel structures: a 2-storey Stores Building, a 2-storey Compressor Building, and a 1-storey Badge Building.
Location: Vancouver, BC
Construction Cost: $25 Million