Federal Knowledge Infrastructure Funds Announced

Round Two Federal Knowledge Infrastructure funds announced

On July 6, 2009, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Canada's Minister of State (Science and Technology), Rod Bruinooge, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, joined by the Honourable Peter Bjornson, Manitoba Minister of Education Citizenship and Youth, on behalf of the Honourable Diane McGifford, Manitoba Minister of Advanced Education and Literacy, announced a $12 million Federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) investment for four projects at the University of Manitoba.

The University will use the funding for renovations and enhancements to its Biological Science Building, Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library, Eureka Incubator, and Buller Building Science Labs.

This July 6 announcement of $12 million in KIP funding for the four projects above is in addition to a previous announcement (May 21, 2009) of $20 million federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program investment for three other  projects at the University of Manitoba: the Art Research Technology (ART) Lab, Smartpark Phase Two, and the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory.

“This funding directly supports our long-term development and infrastructure goals, especially Project Domino, which will see a reshaping of the University of Manitoba landscape,” said Dr. David Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba.  “This will greatly benefit a number of faculties and research areas, including medicine, fine arts, libraries, science and Smartpark, assisting with deferred maintenance to several buildings and making a real difference on both of our campuses.”

David Barnard, President and Vice Chancellor, Rod Bruinooge, MP for Winnipeg South, Peter Bjornson, Manitoba Minister of Education, Citizenship and Youth, and Alan Simms, Associate Vice-President Administration, University of Manitoba

Biological Sciences Building

As part of Project Domino, the University of Manitoba is receiving $6,632 million from the Knowedge Infrastructure Progarm towards the renovation and upgrading of the former Pharmacy, now renamed, Science Building for the new Department of Biological Sciences located at its Fort Garry Campus.  The total project cost is estimated at just over $13 million. The Faculty of Science has received the necessary approvals to create the new Department of Biological Sciences, which is an amalgamation of the existing departments of Zoology and Botany. The existing building provides an important physical profile for this new department.  The facility comes equipped with the necessary dry and wet labs and the current dean’s office will provide an easy fit for the departmental offices. 

The Science Building fits well within the existing Science cluster of buildings on the University’s Fort Garry Campus.  Modern, state-of-the-art laboratories are essential to provide the level of education and hands-on experience required to create a strong workforce.  Once completed, this building will house modern and advanced undergraduate laboratories and will expose the UM’s students to leading-edge technology that will increase their competitiveness in the job market and innovation within the province. 

Buller Building Science Labs

The University of Manitoba is receivining $2,374,450 in funding from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program towards a $4,748,900 project to renovate, upgrade and restore the University’s Buller Building which houses the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Science, Department of Microbiology and part of the Faculty’s Department of Biological Sciences. 

Through these renovations, upgrades and restorations, the efficacy of research endeavours within the Buller Building, Faculty of Science, will be improved.  Specifically, this project will enhance research facilities through:

·         The renovation, renewal and upgrading of a number of research and advanced teaching laboratories;

·         The upgrading to building systems associated with research laboratories such as improvements to electrical systems;

·         The renewal and expansion of space for graduate students who are conducting research in the final stages of thesis preparation; and   

·         Conversionn of vacated space to research space.

This project will also enhance the health and safety, environmental and waste management aspects of the Buller Building’s research facilities through:

·         The replacement of fume hoods with high efficiency versions; and

·         Ensuring research and related student training infrastructure meets current building and safety codes.

Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library

The Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library is the indispensable engine for the advancement and dissemination of health information in Manitoba. The Federal Knowledge Infrastructure grant of $1.370 million will greatly assist in the completion of the $2.740 million project.  The successful renewal and expansion of the Library will allow the Library to serve its constituents even more effectively by:

  • designing spaces that are uplifting as well as functional;
  • providing more opportunities for group study, collaboration and discovery;
  • ensuring the continuing integration of technology into the very fabric of the Library;
  • enhancing the breadth and depth of research and other collections, both print and online;
  • expanding the Library’s role as a resource to the academic, research and health care communities;
  • building an intellectual commons through consultation with and outreach to the communities we serve;
  • and adding value to the advancement of health education.

Eureka Incubator Project

The Eureka Incubator project, which assists high tech start up companies with the resources they need to achieve success, will receive $1.6 million from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program for the construction of a new $3.2 million facility to house the Eureka Technology Incubator.  Upon completion, the new expanded facility will improve the ability of the research and entrepreneurial community to commercialize technologies and create new spin-off companies.  

 The University of Manitoba welcomes the federal government’s support for renewing university infrastructure. 


Media release link: http://myuminfo.umanitoba.ca/index.asp?sec=2&too=100&eve=8&dat=7/6/2009&npa=19825