June 14, 2010
MONCTON (CNB) - The provincial government will make a financial contribution to the development of a technology and health sciences centre as well as to the renewal of some existing infrastructure at the Moncton campus of the Université de Moncton.
Justice and Consumer Affairs Minister Bernard LeBlanc made the announcement.
"The Université de Moncton has recently acquired new, modern equipment and laboratories that have made the space used by the faculties of engineering and nursing very cramped," the minister said. "Construction of a new building will create more work space for the teaching faculty and students, thus ensuring quality training."
LeBlanc was speaking on behalf of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault.
A new building, covering 3,000 sq. m, will be linked to three existing buildings (Faculty of Engineering, the Jacqueline Bouchard Building and the Faculty of Arts) by means of walkways. It will house new engineering and nutrition sciences research and teaching laboratories.
The location of the building will make it possible to create a main corridor providing access to different locations as well as a place for students, researchers, and professors to meet.
This will make it possible to renovate 1,300 sq. m of research and teaching laboratory space in the Jacqueline Bouchard Building (faculty of nursing) and 700 sq. m in the Faculty of Engineering building.
"This project will improve our ability to form partnerships with industry for the development of new technologies and new products," said Yvon Fontaine, president and vice-chancellor, Université de Moncton.
The total cost of the project is about $13 million, nearly $6 million of which is being covered by the federal government and another $7 million of which by the provincial government through different programs, including the nursing program, University Deferred Maintenance Program, and University Infrastructure Trust Fund, Phase IV.
"Our government's investment in post-secondary infrastructure has given our students and researchers the tools they need to be global leaders in their fields and to pursue world-class excellence," said Rob Moore, minister of state (small business and tourism). "Our government's investments in the knowledge economy strengthen Canada's position as a world leader in science and technology."
MEDIA CONTACT: Thomas Lizotte, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617.