University of Toronto – Ramsay Wright Laboratories Building Renewal

Regeneration and transformation 

Science + Technology

This comprehensive renovation of the 1965 Ramsay Wright Laboratories Building, home to the University of Toronto’s biological science departments, exemplifies DIALOG’s integrative approach to the renewal of specialized academic facilities. DIALOG architects and engineers jointly assessed the building as a unified whole, then strategically reconfigured key interior spaces while surgically inserting state-of-the-art mechanical and electrical systems into the existing building fabric. Redesigned CL2 research and teaching laboratories are bright, open, and airy, with flexible benching and support areas, and showcase science through window-walls lining the central corridors. Careful coordination with university faculty, facilities staff, and constructors minimized disruptions to building operations during the multi-phase construction process.

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Toronto, ON
100,500 sq ft
DIALOG Services


Laboratory Design

Interior Design

Structural Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Engineering

Our comprehensive renovation completely renewed the original 1965 building, bringing it up to the standards of 21st-century science and extending its life by decades.

Large areas of transparent glass and vibrant colours transform the formerly dark and claustrophobic corridors.

High-performance HVAC systems are controlled by a central building automation system, and maintain biocontainment and bioexclusion zones with precise levels of airflow, temperature, humidity, and particulate.

Laboratory facilities allow the re-creation of wetlands ecosystems and other environments under controlled conditions.

Rigorous design coordination and construction supervision were required to successfully integrate upgraded mechanical and electrical systems into the existing structure.


The Team