Atomic Energy of Canada Limited

Science &
Technology

Chalk River Revitalization

AECL is investing $1.2 billion to renew the science and site supporting infrastructure at the Chalk River Laboratories.

The objective is to revitalize the site and transform it into a world-class, state of-the-art nuclear science and technology campus.

As older and outdated buildings are decontaminated and demolished, new facilities are being built.

Activities are already well underway. The Harriet Brooks Building was commissioned in 2017 and features cutting edge technology and development in chemistry and materials. A new tritium lab was also commissioned, and is designed specially to handle high-specific activity tritium.

Environmental stewardship is at the heart of what we do, and new buildings are being built with this objective in mind. For example the Harriet Brooks Building was awarded LEED Silver certification. This represents an independent verification that the building was designed with “green” objectives in mind. Furthermore, the site’s powerhouse was recently converted to natural gas, which is contributing to reducing greenhouse gasses emissions by more than 30 percent.

Photo Caption:  Artistic impression of Chalk River Laboratories Campus Revitalization 

New facilities being planned include:

  • The Advanced Nuclear Materials Research Centre, which will combine the capabilities of existing but outdated facilities into a modern shielded facility and laboratory research complex. This new facility will allow further advancements in the nuclear science and technology program, as well as ongoing work in support of utilities as they look at reactor life extension and reliability.
  • The Business Hub will offer new office space to accommodate CNL staff in a modern environment and offer better efficiencies as it will replace multiple outdated buildings.
  • The Logistics/Warehouse Building, which will facilitate shipping at the Chalk River site and reduce the need for non-CNL staff to be on site. This will reduce administrative costs and improve inventory efficiency.
  • A Support Services Facility which will consolidate 32 maintenance shops into 3, increasing efficiencies and allowing for older and outdated building to be demolished.