SNOLAB Surface Facilities
Site Surface Facilities
To support the activities underground, SNOLAB has surface facilities housing laboratory, material handling, office and meeting room spaces. These facilities are located a few hundred metres from 9 Shaft which is the main access for personnel and equipment into the mine. The central feature is a 3,100 m2, three storey building containing clean room laboratories and material handling facilities to complement the underground laboratory. It provides office and meeting room space; locker and shower facilities for personnel going underground; control rooms; electronics and machine shops and environmentally controlled space for IT. The surface facility houses the administrative offices for SNOLAB. The surface facility was occupied in 2005.
The central feature of the new surface facilities is a 436 m2 block of clean room laboratories and the associated material handling facilities to transport materials and apparatus for experiments underground in a clean fashion. The laboratories provide space for prototyping, and for staging the assembly of experiments underground and for maintenance of running experiments. There is a warehouse and a cleaning facility (Carwash) adjacent to the laboratories for material handling. A narrow gauge railway connects the surface facility to the 9 Shaft Headframe and is used to transport materials underground.
Laurentian Water Lab
In addition to the facilities located at the mine site, there is a small facility located at Laurentian University for water assay work. The Laurentian Water Lab contains facilities for sensitive water analysis and is equipped to perform radioactive spike work that would not be appropriate for the low radioactivity environment maintained at the mine site.