February 8, 2018 by Jillian Morgan
Three new facilities will be constructed at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) Chalk River campus in Renfrew County, Ont.
A new logistics complex, business hub and support facility at the site represent $100 million in new infrastructure, combined with a federal investment of $1.2 billion.
CNL expects the project to create employment opportunities for local trades, suppliers and supporting businesses.
“This is clearly an exciting time for CNL and our employees, but these capital projects will also have a positive impact on our communities, as we look to local businesses and contractors to help us carry out this work,” said Mark Lesinski, president and CEO of CNL.
The business hub aims to create office space for 400 employees.
A new support facility will expand shop space. It will also contain storage facilities and offices intended to streamline maintenance and manufacturing activities.
The logistics and warehouse building aims to offer employees timely access to products and services. It will also serve as a security checkpoint, including new guardhouses, meeting rooms and support facilities.
Construction of the new facilities builds on recent changes to the campus. In 2015, CNL launched its $55 million hydrogen laboratory complex. The $100 million Harriet Brooks Building, a materials science laboratory, opened in October 2016.
The laboratory also hopes to soon commission its $40 million commercial services facility, Tritium Laboratory.
Over $90 million has been dedicated to four major infrastructure projects on the campus to see new domestic water and natural gas services, a sanitary sewage treatment facility and a storm water management system.
Design work is also underway on CNL’s Advanced Nuclear Materials Research Centre, intended for research in the fields of nuclear energy, health, small modular reactors, and advanced fuels.
“Our ambitious vision for Chalk River is becoming reality,” said Ted Preisig, vice-president of Capital Projects at CNL. “We believe that CNL will serve as a global hub for nuclear science.”
SOURCE: CANADIAN NUCLEAR LABORATORIES