As construction moves into the final stages, the MaRS project site continues to be very active.
The open wet-lab services (air, water, electrical and data) are completed, which means the delivery and installation of key furniture can soon begin. The two cold rooms which divide the space are now operational, while the flooring and carpet installation in the dry lab is complete. The PI pavilion is also complete, with the installation of its windows and doors now underway. Also underway is the tiling work in the kitchen and café areas. Construction of the meeting room is in progress, with the partition walls up and installation of drywall, acoustic panelling and flooring scheduled to start soon. Installation of the chilled beam mechanical system and the IT infrastructure and cabling continues throughout the facility.
In the coming weeks, commissioning activities will begin. Initially, this will focus on testing those systems that integrate with the building’s main systems to ensure they are functioning properly. As this process requires some shutdowns, it necessitates careful coordination with the landlord and other tenants. Building inspections will begin next month, while safety and other detailed training and orientation activities in the new space will launch in late July and early August, in preparation for the August completion and September occupancy dates.
In the meantime, the project team is in the process of hiring a move manager to coordinate the complex move-in activities. Disassembling, relocating and re-assembling sensitive equipment, and moving research projects and experiments that are “in progress” requires a move manager with highly specialized skills and experience.