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Contracts awarded for Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre

Federal government building world-class scientific infrastructure to advance science for Canadians.

December 20, 2021   Adam Freill
Construction
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Diamond Schmitt Architects and Pomerleau have been awarded contracts for the redevelopment of the Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre in Moncton, N.B. The Diamond Schmitt contract amounts to $23.6-million for design services. Pomerleau is to receive $5.8-million for initial construction management on the project.

The construction management contract is expected to be worth just over $300 million as additional work proceeds. The agreement includes Indigenous Participation Plans that will see over $60 million flow through to Indigenous businesses and communities in the province.

“We are building a leading-edge facility that will advance science in the region for decades to come,” stated Filomena Tassi, federal minister of Public Services and Procurement. “This work will also foster meaningful, long-term relationships with Indigenous partners.”

According to a release from Public Services and Procurement Canada, the Atlantic Science Enterprise Centre will bring together federal scientists working to protect and sustain Atlantic freshwater and coastal ecosystems. Once built, the centre will house scientists from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the National Research Council of Canada. The Canadian Space Agency will also be a virtual partner.

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The redevelopment is expected to create and sustain more than 200 jobs in the local and surrounding economy.

Site preparation and construction work is anticipated to begin in 2022, with more extensive work beginning in 2023. The project will be completed by 2030.