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Thursday, 29 September 2011 10:16

$3.9 million for research centre

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By Jamie Woodford
Lethbridge
The Lethbridge Research Centre will get a new look while reducing its heating and cooling consumption.


The centre received $3.9 million from the federal government towards enhancement of the administrative side of the building’s 40-plus-year-old exterior walls.

Built in the 1970s, the LRC’s brick face has provided some health and safety concerns of late, said LRC research manager Dr. Brian Freeze.

“Particularly, we’ve had an issue with the bricks on the outside of the building, particularly on the west side, the windy side, with the bricks falling off,” he said.

“So this will remove the bricks, put a new exterior on the building and also upgrade the insulation and the (building) code.”

He added the investment to improve the facility’s structure signals the importance of the research centre and its 450 employees by creating a better work environment.

The construction contract was awarded to Calgary-based Chandos Construction. The project is expected to be complete by December 2013.

The LRC will continue to operate during construction.


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