Edmonton, Alta. – Funding has been announced to expand and renovate the TELUS World of Science in Edmonton.
Officials explained that the project will allow the science centre to expand its hands-on scientific programming and exhibits, and to promote Indigenous knowledge and Canada’s North. The work includes adding 929 square metres of sustainably designed interior space and renovating the existing space. This project is the fourth phase of the facility’s $40 million Aurora project initiative.
The expansion work will accommodate an Arctic Gallery and a new lobby space while the renovations will improve the facility’s Health Gallery and Science Garage. Crews will also build a new outdoor community plaza and interpretative trails. To reduce the building’s carbon foot print, solar panels will be installed.
The Government of Canada is contributing $8.65 million to this $23.4 million project through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The City of Edmonton has dedicated $12 million in funding for the design and construction of the Aurora project. The remaining funds for the project are being provided by the Province of Alberta and private donations.
“We are thrilled with the Government of Canada’s announcement today,” said TELUS World of Science spokesperson Alan Nursall. “It is with the help of partners like the Government of Canada and many others that we can ignite curiosity, inspire discovery, celebrate science and change lives of the people that visit us every day. The reimagining of our facility has already begun with the completion of the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, Zeidler Dome, CuriousCITY and The Nature Exchange and now we will continue with the development of a fantastic new Arctic Gallery, Health Gallery and more.”