Located on a 10-acre site in northeast Edmonton, this cutting-edge laboratory campus was designed for Gilead ULC, a pharmaceutical company.
The campus’ primary landscape feature is a succession of rainwater retention ponds to the south of the lab buildings. All rainwater is captured and then drained into the ponds in the front of the buildings. A bridge over the ponds leads to the facility’s main entrance. During periods of excessive rainfall, the ponds drain to an overflow storm water retention area at the south of the campus.
Originally designed as a sustainable rainwater strategy, the ponds have since evolved into a thriving, vibrant ecosystem. Cattails have filled the ponds, blowing in from the surrounding wetlands, and ducks regularly visit the site. This past summer, the site had its own resident muskrat!
Manasc Isaac Architects Ltd.