SFU - Blusson Hall Laboratory

SFU Blusson Hall Laboratory

Faculty for Infectious Diseases and Epidemic Research (FINDER) is one of the largest and most comprehensive containment Level 3 facilities in Canada for performing discovery research in the field of those infectious diseases associated with microbial infection caused by the risk group 3 pathogens.

CES Engineering Ltd was hired by UBC Property Trust as the prime Laboratory and Certification Consultant for this project. Our scope of work included:

    • Management of the design process for the CL 3 laboratories by performing the following services:
    • Acting as a liaison between user group, design team, construction group and PHAC/CFIA representatives
    • Consultation and advice to the design team for specialty laboratory containment practices
    • Performing a focused review of the laboratories design and construction documents with reference to PHAC/CFIA Certification requirements for level 3 laboratories. The review includes complete laboratory design including all architectural, electrical and mechanical services and Owner equipment
    • Incorporation of the CL 3 certification process into specification documents
    • Laboratory and service equipment shop drawing review
  1. CL3 operation protocol review with User Group and Biosafety Officer
  2. Chairing regular construction meetings during construction phase
  3. Chairing regular commissioning meetings during commissioning and certification project phase
  4. Construction trades coordination and activities sequence scheduling with respect to testing and acceptance of the containment envelope, services penetrations and services finishes
  5. Construction review and site inspection of the CL3 laboratory
  6. Pressure decay testing for CL3 lab ductwork and HEPA filters housing assemblies with the Sheet Metal Contractor
  7. Containment barrier leak testing (room testing)
  8. Commissioning of all building systems associated with CL3 laboratories
  9. Manage, coordinate and participate in the certification process
  10. Preparation of user manuals for CL3 laboratories
  11. Preparation, assembly and submission of the final certification report in line with the Federal Biosafety Standards
  12. Demonstration and validation of laboratory systems operation and fail safe containment integrity in front of federal biosafety officials