Advanced Medical Research Institute of Canada, Health Sciences North


Health Sciences North’s (HSN) research mandate is leading an evolution in research. HSN’s new Advanced Medical Research Institute (AMRI) will create a community that brings together researchers, clinicians, regional partners and industries to help foster the creation and dissemination of promising therapeutics targeting the health priorities of the north. 

Approximately 20,000 square feet of research and support spaces located on the grounds of the former St. Theresa Elementary School will provide new space to assist with AMRI’s and affiliate HSN’s translational research in targeted cancers, and, infectious and chronic disease. Research lab space totaling 15,500 square feet will include CL-2 wet laboratory and dry laboratory spaces. External modular animal care spaces amounting to 4,200 square feet will provide procedure rooms, holding areas and O.R./surgery rooms. All areas are designed to reflect process flow, ensure safety and security of staff, and, embody flexible and adaptable layouts for future reconfigurations. 

An essential part of culture at the new AMRI building, is a reliance on interdisciplinary boundary-crossing to connect great minds. A key driver in the design and layout of spaces are the collaborative spaces that will be positioned  at significance spaces and the intersection of circulation routes where pausing for conversation or casual gathering can take place. This new thinking influencing research culture at AMRI signals HSN’s intent to investment in its people and will be essential to attract and retain the brightest and the best minds.

This project is being completed with Perry + Perry Architects.