Case Study: Edmonton, AB
High Volume Lab Features 30 Linear Feet of Fume Hood Equipment


A Tank Terminal expansion required a new, high performance Testing Lab. The site was constrained by an adjacent building, an underground storage tank, and a nearby storm water detention pond.

This lab needed to be operational 24/7, and had to accomodate multiple personnel working in the lab at any given time. The design called for five fume hoods to host multiple concurrent testing operations.

Project Scope

The scope of work included all engineering, design and approvals, in accordance with Canadian codes and company lab standards.

The team supplied, installed, and commissioned all equipment and fabricated material. EcoFlex trained site personnel in its use and function.

EcoFlex developed a Building Plan with the client to address Site and Lab Programming parameters. Critical review revealed challenging issues:

  • Airflow
  • HVAC capacity: the HVAC units were also elevated and set askew to clear the tight site constraints and adjacent elevated pipelines
  • Electrical: adjacent to an electrical switchgear building, it needed to share a common elevated access area.
  • The site electrical service was also unusual as the main distribution is 600V
  • Gas detection systems
  • Equipment location, orientation, safety, and size

The team provided CSA certification at our production site prior to shipment of the completed lab to the Candaian site.

The client selected a Modular Construction design with pre-engineered insulated walls, a structural steel-framed floor, roof, and metal siding.

Petroleum Industry Laboratory
Market: Midstream Pipeline
Construction: Modular
Type: Testing/Gauger
Size: 31'x13'
Layout: 2 rooms
Airflow System: Variable Air Volume (VAV)

The laboratory met all industry air-change rate, fume hood face velocity, contaminant and pressurization envelope standards.
The scope also included:

  • Enhanced Lab Ventilation with VAV System
  • Air Quality Monitoring and Alarms
  • Fume Hood Work Process Space
  • HVAC Automation with VFD Controls
  • Firetrace Fume Hood Fire Protection System
  • Touch-screen PLC Control Panel
  • Test Equipment Space
  • Occupancy sensors to increase energy efficiency
  • External tank connections for petroleum waste and Varsol supply

This modular lab met or exceeded Laboratory, Sample, and Sample Storage Company Standards. It also met all current Health, Safety, and Environment codes and standards.



  • Cost reduction due to offsite modular construction
  • Quick on-site assembly with minimal disruption
  • Increased safety for lab personnel
  • Higher quality test results
  • Energy efficiency reduced lab energy costs by 80%
EcoFlex Modular Labs provide laboratory solutions that deliver a safer workplace environment, increased energy efficiency, and improved operational performance

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