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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

The U of W's new science complex: Completing a transformation.

U of W Science Complex

In the late 80s, early 90s when I went to U of W there was talk about the cramped, outdated science labs in Manitoba Hall. Not up to snuff and the school could perhaps lose its accreditation for science programs.


Well, it took over two decades but the U of W finally has a new science building, the Richardson College for the Environment and Science.

The 150,000 sq ft, $66.58m facility caps off what has been quite a transformation for the block of Portage Avenue between Furby and Langside.

What was a very underutilized block, home to a couple of stores, a used car lot, a handful of houses, a soon to be condemned roller rink (which I really do miss) plus a lot of vacant land has now boasts a 112 child daycare, a 200 person residence and this complex that will be home to up to 2,000 students per day.


Reference:

Richardson College Fast Facts
Richardson College Grand Opening (News Release)
U of W Scientists Ready to Roll Free Press
New Science Centre a Work of Art Free Press

Here is a look back at the block and its transformation:

furby theatre fire

Top: Furby Theatre (1912 - 1952)
Bottom: Used car lot / parking for Winnipeg Roller Rink (until 2006
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Galaxy Skateland

U of W Portage and Langside

U of W Science Centre

University of Winnipeg

University of WInnipeg

Interior shots from the grand opening on June 11, 2011:

U of W Science Complex

U of W Science Complex

U of W Science Complex

U of W Science Complex

U of W Science Complex

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