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Science World, a Vancouver waterfront landmark built for Expo 86 and expanded two years later, recently underwent a $35 million face-lift, retrofit and expansion.
The facility is operated by Science World British Columbia, a nonprofit that engages British Columbians in science and inspires future science and technology leadership.
The renovation was funded by $10.5 million grants from federal and provincial governments, with $10 million raised so far from donors.
In addition to $26 million invested in the building structure, operating systems and exterior, Science World is adding 15,000 square feet to its current 75,000-square-foot exhibit space, revamping the entrance and adding a rooftop deck.
Northwest-facing floor-to-ceiling windows will remind visitors of their location on False Creek and add to the building’s efficient use of energy.
The interior framing, wall and ceiling renovations were performed by Turner Brothers Contracting, with crews working around the clock even while the facility remained open.
Last year more than 550,000 people visited Science World.
Judge’s comment: “The Telus World of Science with the complete makeover is poised for another 40 years as a well-known landmark building in downtown Vancouver, False Creek. As is common with renovations, the entire structure was rebuilt from the outside all while maintaining its normal busy public operation by day. The degree of flexibility in the management of the work schedules was the critical ingredient in the success of this project for Turner Brothers Contractors.”
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