Canada-Que­bec Agree­ment

- Knowl­edge In­fra­struc­ture Pro­gram

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Len­noxville

Ren­o­vat­edS­cience Lab­o­ra­to­ries Re-Open at Bishop’s Univer­sity

With dig­ni­taries, stu­dents and fac­ulty on-hand Mon­day morn­ing, Bishop’s Univer­sity of­fi­cially re­opened its science lab­o­ra­to­ries fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions to its John­son science build­ing.

These ren­o­va­tions were made pos­si­ble by a fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion of $2.2 mil­lion from the Gov­ern­ment of Canada and an equal con­tri­bu­tion from the Gov­ern­ment of Que­bec, through the Canada-Que­bec Knowl­edge In­fra­struc­ture Pro­gram Agree­ment. Those in­vest­ments, to­talling $4.4 mil­lion, have per­mit­ted the mod­ern­iza­tion of the teach­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries used by both Bishop’s Univer­sity and Cham­plain Re­gional Col­lege.

Thanks to this in­vest­ment on the part of both gov­ern­ments, stu­dents now have ac­cess to mod­ern, high-qual­ity lab­o­ra­to­ries, help­ing to pre­pare them for grad­u­ate stud­ies and their ca­reers, said Bishop’s Prin­ci­pal Michael Gold­bloom. It is an in­vest­ment in to­day’s stu­dents, who will be­come to­mor­row’s nurses, doc­tors, re­searchers and other pro­fes­sion­als.

First opened in 1965, the science lab­o­ra­to­ries in John­son build­ing had not un­der­gone sig­nif­i­cant ren­o­va­tions since that time. The newly ren­o­vated lab­o­ra­to­ries now meet cur­rent ed­u­ca­tional and safety re­quire­ments, in­clud­ing the strict stan­dards of to­day’s build­ing and fire codes. Ven­ti­la­tion and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency have also been im­proved, while new fur­ni­ture and fix­tures have been added to en­sure that these lab­o­ra­to­ries will meet the needs of stu­dents for decades to come. Ad­di­tion­ally, over $600,000 has been in­vested in new lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment, thanks in part to the gen­er­ous sup­port of in­di­vid­ual and cor­po­rate donors like Bris­tol-My­ers Squibb and Merck Frosst.

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