Success Stories


MaRS Phase II - Public Health Ontario
Toronto, ON, Canada
Commercial Office Commercial Office
Completed: 2014

Toronto, ON - MaRS Discovery District, Public Health Ontario

Toronto, ON - MaRS Discovery District, Public Health Ontario


When Public Health Ontario (PHO) relocated its largest laboratory from Etobicoke to the MaRS Discovery District in downtown Toronto, Modern Niagara provided the fit-up of an integrated, state-of-the-art Building Controls for its certified laboratory space. The relocation was a key aspect of Ontario's multi-year plan to renew the province's public health system.

For the PHO fit-up, we:

- Provided the system that controls the mechanical operations for all tenant spaces;
- Designed and integrated mechanical and laboratory control systems into a single user interface; and
- Integrated with laboratory equipment and designed an interface to monitor it remotely.

Our portion of the project included developing a sophisticated yet easy-to-use interface for the laboratory's end users that seamlessly integrates two large and typically independent technologies:

- Distech Controls from Modern Niagara, providing for mechanical system control (supply airflow and thermal comfort)
- Phoenix Controls from Belnor Engineering, providing for laboratory equipment control (exhaust airflow and lab containment)

Our control system design work included:

- Designing the location of sensors and end-user devices, which include control units, displays, and touch panels;
- Programming the sequencing of containment operations to occur in the case of failure;
- Managing the installation process along with the unique challenges associated with building a high performance laboratory;
- Assisting with the design of a safe and secure system that allows building staff to remotely access the system from anywhere over the internet;
- Participating in the project??™s unified, cloud based training and documentation program; and
- Modelling the CL laboratories in three dimensions to provide end users with an easy-to-understand, familiar interface through which they can quickly see the containment status of their facility.

MNBC created a system that was clear and easy to use, and the space successfully achieved the laboratory Containment Level certifications.

Number of Buildings: 1 Total Area: 780,000

Products / Equipment Installed: Systems Integrated:
EC-Net-AX
EC-BOS
ECB-600 Controllers
ECB-400 Controllers
ECB-300 Controllers
ECB-VAV Controllers
HVAC, Laboratory, VAV

Number of Devices: 500 System Points: 5,000

System Integrator: Modern Niagara Building Controls

Controls Contractor: Modern Niagara Building Controls

BACnet Manufacturers: Distech Controls, Inc., Phoenix Controls


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