Library and Archives Canada’s Preservation Storage Facility


Library and Archives Canada wanted a sophisticated, eco-responsible building with a life expectancy of 500 years under a P3 procurement method. Stantec, commissioned as the private partner engineer, was able to create a new six-vault building with controlled environments, operated by an automated storage and retrieval system. With motorized cranes generating heat and the risk of air stratification, collaborative work with ASRS (robot) supplier, computational fluid dynamics simulations and commissioning professionals resulted in a controlled museum environment that sets the benchmark in the field. Innovative solutions, including improved refrigerant management and robot braking energy recovery, contributed to the achievement of the highest standards of sustainable development that exceeded the customer’s expectations.

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