In 2014, McGill University determined that the presence of asbestos in the Stewart Biology Pavilion required complete rehabilitation. The Stewart Biology Pavilion complex, built in 1965, consists of three blocks. The North and West blocks, each with eight floors, house offices, laboratories, an animal facility, and classrooms. The South block includes two amphitheaters, classrooms, laboratories, and a phytotron.
The West block, housing the biology faculty, was redesigned to include communal spaces and flexible laboratories, promoting interdisciplinary collaboration, and adhering to safety standards. It comprises communal and administrative areas, teaching and biology labs.
NFOE was the main consultant. Workshops with users and the service of animal facilities have taken place. Requirements were coordinated with McGill, users, faculty, and the city. The layouts are in line with state-of-the-art facilities for scientific collaboration, modularity, biosecurity, and sustainability.
The work is divided into lots, with the North and South blocks occupied: Lots 1 (asbestos), Lot 2 (demolition), Lot 3 (envelope), and Lot 4 (refurbishments) are completed by different contractors at fixed prices. Lots 3 and 4 were separated due to costs in 2018. The project is in BIM Level 3 using Revit and scans.