Case Study

Forensics Services and Coroner's Complex (CAN)

Date:

2010-2012

Location:

Toronto, Ontario

Sector:

Built Environment

Ontario’s new state-of-the art forensics facility housing the Centre of Forensic Sciences, the Office of the Chief Coroner and the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service in Toronto, ON. The $497 million facility opened in September 2013.

The FSCC will house a number of mission-critical spaces including the Coroner’s Courts and forensics laboratories. Building services to support these spaces will include over twenty rooftop laboratory exhausts, several large air handling units and four massive rooftop generators. The amalgamation of this space usage under one roof presented a number of design challenges related to acoustics, noise, vibration and air quality.

SLR Consulting's involvement included consultation from design through construction, and performance testing focused on:

  • Room Acoustics for speech intelligibility and occupant comfort;
  • Control of noise and vibration from building services;
  • Partition design for speech privacy;
  • Sound Isolation of noisy spaces;
  • Floor Vibration response prediction and control;
  • Vibration control for sensitive microscopy and imaging equipment;
  • Assessment of construction vibration impacts on neighboring land uses;
  • Control of exhaust re-entrainment from building services;
  • Detailed wind tunnel tracer gas testing of problematic emission sources; and,
  • Regulatory environmental approval permitting.

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