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Ground broken on new science building


Edmonton, AB – The Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta has broken ground on the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS), marking the beginning of construction of what will become the faculty’s flagship building.

The $285 million project will take three years to build. When it is completed, the facility will house five interdisciplinary research teams, creating the infrastructure necessary to enhance and facilitate collaborative interdisciplinary research between departments. It will also accommodate 1,100 more undergraduate students and 478 more graduate students. At the same time, 57 new faculty positions will be created. It will also house the department of physics.

“We are building the most advanced centre for interdisciplinary science research in Canada. CCIS will be a key factor to driving innovation and remaining globally competitive,” said Indira Samarasekera, president of the University of Alberta.