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News » Canada » Tender awarded for Newfoundland research centre » published 7 Sep 2017

Tender awarded for Newfoundland research centre

Work is set to start on site to build a new research and teaching centre at Memorial University following the award of the construction contract.

Local company Olympic Construction was the successful bidder in the tender for the Animal Resource Centre (ARC). The tender award has cleared all the approval stages, including the Board of Regents and the provincial government. The approved contract is for CA$23.5m before taxes.

Work on the facility will begin this month with the facility substantially complete by the end of 2019 for an anticipated opening in 2020.

ARC’s construction has been high on Memorial’s infrastructure priorities and will replaceme two of the university’s current animal research care facilities. The new facility is seen as critical to ensure Memorial sustains viable biomedical research activities and the certification of degree programs.

“Memorial’s researchers have contributed to many recent discoveries, including those related to retinal disease and blindness, infectious diseases, neonatal nutrition and cancer,” said president Gary Kachanoski. “ARC’s state-of-the-art facilities will support these areas as well as other medical and graduate research, including psychology, biology and biochemistry and the development of highly qualified professional medical residents and graduate students skilled in emergency, trauma and surgical procedures.”

The global project budget is CA$35.6m. The government of Canada, through its Strategic Investment Fund, is providing support of CA$14.4m. Memorial will fund the remaining costs of CA$21.2m internally.


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This article was published on 7 Sep 2017 (last updated on 7 Sep 2017).

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