The $325 million project to build Memorial University’s (MUN) new core sciences building in St. John’s, Newfoundland will be the campus’s shining star once it’s completed in about two years, say its political investors.
Premier Dwight Ball and MP Seamus O’Regan toured the site in on Aug. 3, CBC reports. Both Ottawa and the province supplied MUN with funding for the five-year construction project.
The building will host a range of programs and labs — from engineering to chemistry — in an effort to break down barriers between disciplines, said Ann Browne, vice-president in charge of facilities at MUN.
“This new building will allow us to attract bright students and professors from around the world,” said Memorial president Gary Kachanoski. “You have to show people you take science seriously and that they will be teaching and working in a professional and modern 21st-century facility.”
The federal government is contributing $99 million to the project. The province and the university are footing the bill for the rest of the $325 million.
Marco Services won the contract in 2017, after the project was retendered when the original bids all came above the its budget threshold.