BrandonU assesses future of science building

March 19, 2019

Brandon University is considering upgrades worth up to $40M for its science building. The Brandon Sun reports that Prairie Architects presented a range of options for the John R Brodie Science Centre, from minor upgrades to a complete overhaul. A number of problems are said to plague the 135,000 square-foot facility. Students and faculty have complained about the lack of natural light and gathering places, while the building itself has serious structural and safety problems that include asbestos, no sprinkler system, and deteriorating cast-iron plumbing. Lindsay Oster of Premium Architects told the Board that $20M could fund a “modest” refresh, while $40M would essentially involve gutting and reconfiguring the aging facility’s interior. Brandon Sun (MB)