University of Lethbridge $248 Million New Science Building Almost Complete

Alberta's NDP government announcing Wednesday an extra $1 million for operational costs ("Lights On" funding) once the Destination Project opens its doors.

Work on the huge Destination Project at the University of Lethbridge is getting close to being finished.

Lethbridge two NDP MLAs as well as others took a tour of the new science and academic building Wednesday (Feb. 13).

Phillips says the province is also giving the facility "lights on" funding of $1 million for operational costs once the doors officially open. "The Destination Project is a landmark achievement for our community and a gift to the next generation of Alberta leaders. This is the largest investment in the University of Lethbridge since it was built."

Scheduled to open for classes in September 2019, the 38,400-square-metre building is the largest expansion at the University of Lethbridge in more than 40 years. About 750 new jobs were created to complete construction over the past four year, and the project will provide learning spaces for an additional 450 students.

U of L President, Dr. Mike Mahon says the faculty at the University of Lethbridge are world leaders in their respective fields and have been a critical element in the high-quality learning environment that our undergraduate and graduate students enjoy. "This expertise will be completely unbridled in the Destination Project, which is arguably one of the most innovative teaching and research buildings in the world."

The University of Lethbridge aspires to meet gold LEED standards with this building by prioritizing energy efficiency. It will feature several innovative efficiency upgrades, such as a winter garden that facilitates fresh air exchange and passive heating and cooling.

The project will feature an incubation space for students and faculty to collaborate with industry, entrepreneurs and investors. This innovative approach will help researchers and students take their ideas to market and further diversify our economy.

Dr. Mike Mahon: 

BELOW: University of Lethbridge students give Minister Phillips and MLA Fitzpatrick a demonstration in the new Destination Project SynBridge Lab.

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