An architect's rendering shows the TELUS World of Science building. A ground-breaking ceremony was held last week for the $160-million project - Canada's first purpose-built science centre in more than 25 years.
When complete, the facility will be one of Canada's largest science centres.
"In these difficult economic times TELUS World of Science is an example of how all levels of government can work together and provide support for lasting infrastructure projects," said Jim Prentice, federal Minister of the Environment and member of Parliament for Calgary Centre-North.
"The city of Calgary will benefit from immediate jobs during construction and a centre that will promote the wonder and knowledge of science to children and families in the future."
The science centre will be located at the intersection of Deerfoot Trail and Memorial Drive and will sit on an 18.46 acre parcel of land and will be more than 153,000 square feet in size. It will encompass four learning halls in addition to a feature exhibit hall that will showcase travelling exhibits. It will also include a 10,000-square-foot atrium, a learning and leadership centre, a 240-seat dome theatre and the Creative Kids Museum.
To date, $40-million has been committed from the city, $40-million from the government of Alberta and $40-million from Ottawa. The remaining $40-million will be raised from community donations.
The new centre was designed by lead architects Cohos Evamy integratedesign. Exhibit and program development is being led by an in-house team of experienced science-centre professionals. Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning is the lead firm designing the Dome Theatre as well as the interior spaces. Landscape architecture is being led by O2 Planning + Design and CANA will lead the construction of the new facility.