Terrence Donnelly Centre
The Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research (TDCCBR) is the world’s leading institute in genomic research. The Institute, which is located on the campus of the University of Toronto, has an interdisciplinary research team of 280 medical scientists, pharmacists, computer specialists and engineers working in the new building. The fourteen-storey research centre houses a large entrance hall with spacious stairs in a conservatory, a cafeteria, exhibition space, auditorium and the numerous institutes. The building is a reinforced concrete frame construction, which is conventionally buttressed via cores. In the upper storeys, where the laboratories are located, the supporting structure is based on a regular column grid. A few columns in the entrance area have been stayed in favour of an open floor plan design. The storage and engineering rooms are accommodated in the two basements. The structure has been designed according to Canadian regulations for earthquake displacement.