Name of project: Health Research Innovation Facility

Location: Edmonton, Alberta

Completed: 2008

Architect: Health Research Architects (A Joint Venture of Hamilton Filipowicz Architecture Ltd. and O’Neill O’Neill Procinsky Architects)

Electrical: Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Mechanical: Stantec Consulting Ltd.


The construction of the two new Health Research Innovation Facilities (HRIF) on the University of Alberta campus respond to the critical need for medical and biomedical research space. The 699,400 sq. ft. facilities will ultimately become part of a complex of interconnected buildings to form the Health Sciences Research Complex.

The HRIF buildings have been designed as flexible, modular, facilities, maximizing efficient use of space and supporting future research activities through the use of an open laboratory space, shared common spaces that maximize natural light in lab and work areas, and clustered offices and highly organized central work areas.

This project received the 2008 Consulting Engineers of Alberta Showcase Award of Merit for Building Engineering.