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KIP & CAF Projects

Main Campus Building and Science Laboratory Renewal Project

New science labs will be constructed and renovation work carried out on key AU buildings as part of the Main Campus Building and Science Laboratory Renewal Project.

AU received money from the federal KIP program to help fund the $8.45 million capital infrastructure project – for expanding and refurbishing the science laboratory, renovating the main/library entrance and for roof repairs.

The local economy in the rural areas surrounding Athabasca University depends heavily on the forestry and the oil and gas sectors, which have been hard hit by the economic downturn. It is expected that this project will provide a much-needed economic stimulus by providing employment for recently-laid off trades workers.

The Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) is a federal government funding initiative (in some cases with matching funds from the Province) aimed at renewing Canada’s college and university infrastructure and injecting economic stimulus into local communities across Canada.

The Main/Library Entrance Reconstruction Project

Under the Main/Library Entrance Reconstruction Project, the entrances to the main campus building and the library will be enhanced, including the installation of a new sloping glass canopy.

One of the central goals of the project, which will cost approximately $875,000, is to improve health and safety, while a further aim is to revamp and maintain a functional research facility through improvements to the exterior of the library. Adjacent external walkways and landscaping will also be rejuvenated.

Science Laboratory Expansion and Renewal

The Science Laboratory Expansion and Renewal Sub Project will create a state-of-the-art science laboratory that will serve as a major research and teaching hub in northern Alberta.

Costing $6,490,000, this project will more than double the capacity of the of the existing science laboratory space from 355 to 735 square metres, including the renovation of the existing lab facilities.

It will improve the use and functionality of research and development space and will also increase our capacity to train students from across the country in advanced science areas.

The science laboratory in Athabasca has served more than 30,000 students over the past 25 years.

Roofing Upgrade and Rehabilitation Project

As part of the KIP-funded Main Campus Building and Science Laboratory Renewal Project the roof over the main AU building at Athabasca will be rehabilitated and the sloped glazing canopy will be repaired and renewed.

The project, which will cost approximately $1,085,000, will help to increase energy efficiency, reduce emissions and improve health and safety.