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Memorial University of Newfoundland, Core Science Facility

St. Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

In 2015, the Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) experienced a turning point in its 91-year history when buildings on campus began to age. The lack of modern facilities impacted the school’s ability to compete for top-tier faculty and students—but not for long. Thanks to external funding and a large contribution by MUN themselves, the University invested in the design and development of a new $350M state-of-the-art research, teaching, and laboratory building to house both the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences on their St. Johns campus. MGAC is honored to have been a part of that process, providing management services from the get-go, with the later addition of relation management services, for this very high-profile project. On an average day during the renovation efforts, the 480,000 SF Core Science Facility (CSF) saw well over 200 tradespeople on-site and to this day exists as one of the largest capital projects ever completed in Newfoundland. With its large scope and unique climate challenges, the project tested the limits of the local industry under the watchful eye of the general public—even, at one point, inviting a visit from the Prime Minister. The attention made our role that much more critical—from overseeing, managing, and coordinating the numerous contractors, to facilitating the permit and approvals process, and ensuring the project stayed on budget and on schedule. When it comes to creating a space that communicates the goals of the University, no task has been deemed too large—most literally demonstrated by the challenge of suspending the skeleton of a rare blue whale in the atrium of the facility. The building includes research and teaching laboratories, offices, meeting and public spaces, and 125,000 SF of shelled space within its striking iceberg-inspired design. Completed in the Fall of 2021, the CSF set a new standard of excellence for facilities on campus and established Memorial University of Newfoundland as a leader in the global science and engineering community.


480,000 SF


LEED Silver

Credit: Jane Brokenshire
Credit: Jane Brokenshire
Credit: Jane Brokenshire
Credit: Jane Brokenshire


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