Interior of future science and academic building begins to take shape

KPMB/Stantec Architects are back on campus working with the Integrated Design Committee, composed of U of L administrators and faculty members from across science departments, to make key decisions as to how the interior of the building will take shape.

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University unveils design choice for new Science and Academic Building

The University of Lethbridge has chosen a design option for a new Science and Academic Building as part of the University’s Destination Project. The Hub, a concept that creates a vibrant core in the heart of the building where paths between laboratory blocks and the general campus intersect, was recently approved by the U of L’s Board of Governors from three proposed massing options shared with the community earlier this fall.

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Three options unveiled for Destination Project Science and Academic Building

On September 24, 2014, representatives from KPMB/Stantec Architects hosted a public presentation to share the three building massing options and to gather feedback. View the presentation and provide your feedback.

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Superweek for Destination Project features presentation of massing options

The Destination Project is gaining momentum and this week marks the fifth superweek of design activities related to the planning phase of the new science and academic building and energy/utility centre that will comprise the two new buildings of the University of Lethbridge Destination Project.

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University of Lethbridge appoints construction manager for new science and academic building

PCL Construction Management Inc. of Calgary will lead the construction of a new science and academic building at the University of Lethbridge – a key component of the Destination Project.

The firm, which will also be responsible for building an energy and utility centre needed to support the science and academic building, was chosen by the U of L’s Board of Governors based on a recommendation made by the Destination Project Steering Committee.

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University of Lethbridge appoints construction manager for transformational science and academic building

PCL Construction Management Inc. of Calgary will lead the construction of a new science and academic building at the University of Lethbridge – a key component of the Destination Project.PCL Construction Management Inc. of Calgary will lead the construction of a new science and academic building at the University of Lethbridge – a key component of the Destination Project.

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Destination Project moves forward with upcoming super week

From July 15 to 18, a superweek of design activities related to the planning phase of the science/academic facility and energy/utility centre that will comprise the two new buildings of the University of Lethbridge Destination Project took place.

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Architecture firms selected for key elements of Destination Project

The University of Lethbridge Board of Governors has chosen the firms Stantec Architecture and KPMB Architects, in joint venture, to lead the design process of its new science and academic building and energy/utility centre; key elements of the transformational University of Lethbridge Destination Project.

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University of Lethbridge Board of Governors Approves New Location of Science and Academic Building

The location for a new science and academic building gained Board approval Feb. 27, 2014 – a key milestone in the planning process for the University of Lethbridge’s Destination Project.

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Alberta Government Invests in Destination Project

The Destination Project, a transformational undertaking that will fundamentally alter the path of the University of Lethbridge, received a $200-million investment from the Government of Alberta on Dec. 6, 2013 (Announcement).

"This is the most significant development of our Lethbridge campus since University Hall was completed in 1972."

The Destination Project includes the construction of new science facilities that will house a significant part of the science teaching and research activities on campus. Further, a comprehensive revitalization of the iconic University Hall and the construction of a new central plant for the University will take place. The result will add 35,000 sq. metres to the campus footprint, but more importantly, the project will help define the University’s direction for the foreseeable future.

"This is the most significant development of our Lethbridge campus since University Hall was completed in 1972," says University of Lethbridge President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Mike Mahon.

"The Destination Project will contribute to Alberta’s ability to recruit the best and brightest scientific talent to our province, but it is more than a teaching and research space. Rather, it is a place for community engagement and outreach; a research incubator; a place where undergraduate and graduate research opportunities develop; where knowledge transfer and commercialization happen; a place where the next generation of researchers, scientists and scholars credit for the start of their science careers."

The Destination Project

When a group of Lethbridge citizens rallied together in the 1960s to establish a University in Lethbridge, they imagined infinite possibilities. Today the U of L is recognized as one of Canada’s leading universities and has far exceeded its founders’ most ambitious expectations.

Read more from the Fall 2013 issue of SAM Magazine.