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Over the past five years, the University of Lethbridge (U of L) has completed a series of studies and planning exercises that clearly established strategic objectives for the University. As a result of these studies, in 2011, the U of L confirmed the need to plan for significant new construction to support new, purpose-built teaching, research and campus infrastructure facilities, and to implement a major renewal of University Hall.
This program of work is currently labelled the Destination Project.
Having a state-of-the-art science facility in southern Alberta would not only attract bright, young minds to Lethbridge, it would also provide an excellent reason for our students to stay. The new facility will put U of L among Canada’s top universities with the most up-to-date science technology available.
The project will also contribute to our strategic objective to bolster our research capacity across all faculties on campus. This will be achieved by creating purpose-built, highly serviced labs that are critical to supporting research in the physical and life sciences. In turn, the renovation of University Hall will provide appropriate research space for the humanities departments.
When University Hall was built 41 years ago, it was never meant to house full scale science facilities. A space for sciences was planned within “Building 2” which was to span the south coulee, but that dream was never realized. Instead, science labs found a home within improvised space in University Hall.
Curriculums have evolved and lack of modern facilities is limiting our potential to meet our strategic objectives and provide the best facilities to support our students and faculty.
In order to deliver an up-to date science program, U of L has earmarked a new science facility as its highest capital priority. Research facilities in the planning stages include laboratory and research space for the Faculties of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Geography and Kinesiology.
Identifies the project’s key parameters and objectives, determines the operational structure of the project, creates documentation necessary to clearly communicate the principal elements of the project, and obtains executive approvals to proceed.
Brings order and understanding of the project by creating and assembling more detailed information to describe all aspects of the project.
This phase of the project is the most time consuming and the most costly. During this phase, the detailed programming and design, tendering, and construction activities take place.
Project Development Plan [PDF]