REF NO.: 194
|SUBJECT:||Academic extension officially opened at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University|
|DATE:||May 25, 2012|
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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
(709) 637-6200 ext. 6134
(709) 632-0936 (cell)
Director of communications
Department of Advanced Education and Skills
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
Minister of State (Science and Technology)
Backgrounder Arts and Science Extension
Memorial University of Newfoundland is grateful to the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador for their contributions to this $27.2-million project. The federal funding of $7,975,000 is part of the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a two-year, $2-billion economic stimulus measure designed to support infrastructure enhancement at Canadian post-secondary institutions, including universities and community colleges. The provincial funding, $19.2 million, is part of the Government of Newfoundland and Labradors $5-billion, multi-year infrastructure strategy. Construction began in June 2009.
Knowledge Infrastructure Program
The Knowledge Infrastructure Program is an important element of Canada's Economic Action Plan, announced in early 2009. The program provides up to $2 billion to support infrastructure enhancement at universities and colleges. Investments made through the program have generated economic benefits and supported job creation, and have enhanced research capacity, supported the attraction of new students and provided a better educational experience for the highly skilled workers of tomorrow.
Designed by the joint architectural firm of Hearn/Fougere, the extension was constructed according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) standards. LEED is a performance rating system that considers such
factors as site planning, energy efficiency, water use, indoor environment and use of resources in its assessment of a buildings design. The Arts and Science Extensions construction involved (among other elements):
- Occupancy and daylight sensors for lighting
- Use of products containing certified wood
- Use of products containing recycled content
- Use of products with low emissions
- Optimized energy performance
- Site erosion and sedimentation control
- Minimize site disturbance
- Minimize light pollution
- Water efficient landscaping
- Built-in storage and collection of recyclables
The extension also encourages sustainability practices through such features as showers for faculty, staff and students who choose to bike, walk or run to campus and a dedicated room for recycling.
The Grenfell Observatory features a telescope designed and built byDFM Engineering in Colton, Calif., at a cost of approximately US $417,000. The telescope was installed toward the end of the construction phase. A separate foundation was been constructed for the observatory because of sensitivities associated with the telescope. The foundation is a 30-foot, reinforced concrete pier on which the observatory sits. More information about the telescope is available at www.grenfell.mun.ca/physics/Observatory/index.html. .
About Memorial University of Newfoundland
Founded in 1925 as a memorial to Newfoundlands war dead, Memorial University College was elevated to degree-granting status in 1949 as Memorial University of Newfoundland. Today, the university is the largest in Atlantic Canada, with about 18,000 students. Memorial provides excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in virtually all disciplines. With locations in St. Johns and Corner Brook in Newfoundland, Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador, the French-owned island of Saint-Pierre and Harlow in England, Memorial is committed to experiential learning. The universitys many interdisciplinary programs abound with opportunities for experiential learning, ranging from on-campus employment to work terms around the world.
Outstanding research and scholarship, extraordinary teaching and a focus on community service are the universitys hallmarks. Many teaching and research activities reflect our mid-North Atlantic locations; these unique settings and our cultural heritage have led to the creation of highly-regarded academic programs and specialized facilities in areas such as music, linguistics, folklore and human genetics, as well as earth sciences, cold-ocean engineering, rural health care and archaeology. For more information about Memorial University of Newfoundland, please go to www.mun.ca.