Toronto – A state-of-the-art facility designed for automotive and manufacturing innovation opens today at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) in London, Ontario.
The open-concept collaborative workspace designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects transforms an existing NRC laboratory to accommodate all levels of the automotive and manufacturing supply chain to work together with the NRC in developing technical solutions for the design of products and services.
“These advanced high tech sectors will operate in a range of workspaces designed for collaborative ventures that also provide project confidentiality,” said John Featherstone, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects. A prime area of research and development is in new capabilities to enable digital factories that will produce transportation technologies such as Connected/Autonomous Vehicles (CAV).
Program space at the 1,555-square-metre (16,740sf) Manufacturing and Automotive Innovation Hub includes four flexible labs, two vehicle bays, a high crane bay and 857 square metre (9225 sf) of collaborative workspace on the second floor. Large, energy-efficient skylights bathe the diagnostic labs in natural light. A moving partition that separates the automotive bays doubles as a whiteboard.
“We are very excited to open the NRC London Manufacturing and Automotive Innovation Hub, our newly renovated collaborative facility to better support Canadian industry with the rapid advancements in manufacturing and vehicle technology,” said David Muir, Director of Research and Development at the National Research Council of Canada in London.
Diamond Schmitt is currently working with the NRC on two additional projects – the Canadian Centre for Advanced Material Manufacturing (CCAMM) in Mississauga and the new Advanced Manufacturing research facility in Winnipeg.
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) has offices in Toronto, Vancouver and New York City. The firm’s extensive portfolio includes commercial, institutional and residential buildings, libraries, performing arts centres, and healthcare facilities. Among other current projects are the new home for the Senate of Canada in Ottawa; Robarts Common, the expansion of the largest academic library in Canada at University of Toronto; and Buddy Holly Hall of Performing Arts & Sciences in Texas.