Ground-Breaking Ceremony Marks Start to Construction of Canada's Newest Science Centre



    CALGARY, June 26 /CNW/ - TELUS World of Science - Calgary today
celebrated the start to construction of Canada's first purpose-built science
centre in more than 25 years. When complete in the fall of 2011, the
world-class facility will be one of Canada's largest science centres and will
be a significant addition to the cultural offerings within the country.
    "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 Minister Jim Prentice. "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 Government of Alberta is a proud supporter of scientific education
and there is no place better for our children to learn about the laws of
nature than at the TELUS World of Science," said Premier Ed Stelmach. "We are
very proud to support such an important, world-class resource. We know the new
TELUS World of Science will boost Calgary's already-proud reputation as a
centre of learning, and will further add to its commitment to curiosity and
entrepreneurship."
    "The new TELUS World of Science provides a fun interactive environment
for youth to learn about science, technology and art," said Mayor Bronconnier.
"As a community legacy for our future leaders, it offers guests a unique
experience of discovery through a balance of right and left brain creative
development."
    "Through the creation of this extraordinary learning space, Calgary's
TELUS World of Science will continue to touch the lives of children and
families," said Karen Radford, president of TELUS Business Solutions. "We at
TELUS are proud to do our part to help give our children, our future leaders,
the chance to explore the wonders of science and technology in an environment
that is educational and fun for the whole family."
    "Today's event marks a significant milestone for the New Science Centre
2011 Project and would not have been possible without the support of the three
levels of government, TELUS Corporation and our other corporate and individual
donors. We are deeply appreciative to each of them," said Jennifer Martin,
President & CEO, TELUS World of Science - Calgary. "We have an amazing
opportunity and responsibility to shape the future of this province by
inspiring and supporting the next generation of scientists, technologists,
entrepreneurs and innovators, and to engage our communities in discussion
about the complex issues and challenges that face us. This project will expand
Calgary's profile by garnering the attention of a world that is aware that
innovation - in all its forms - is a highly prized, competitive advantage."
    The new TELUS World of Science will be on the cutting-edge, featuring the
newest technologies related to learning, presentation and building
sustainability. It will be the first science centre of the 21st century. It
will be a place where young minds can take risks, test themselves and
challenge the status quo. It will be a place where audiences of all ages will
have the freedom to ask questions, solve problems, create solutions and be
free to have their ideas sometimes fail; the tenets of great innovative
thinking. With a new focus on teens and young adults, TELUS World of Science
will provide an engaging environment to expand their interests and awareness
of science, technology and creativity at a crucial time in their education and
career development.
    Through the latest in digital technology and the partnerships to support
it, the new TELUS World of Science will connect to all Canadians by providing
immediate and continual access to programming beyond the walls of the
building. Linkages with universities, industry, government research
facilities, as well as other science centres will extend the impact and enrich
the programs beyond anything that typical interactive exhibits have been able
to achieve in the past.
    The new science centre will cost $160 million. To date, $40 million has
been committed from the City of Calgary, $40 million from the Government of
Alberta and $40 million from the Government of Canada. The remaining $40
million will be raised from community donations. Significant funds have been
raised to date from generous individual and corporate partners including our
naming sponsor TELUS Corporation as well as Suncor Energy Foundation, Werklund
Foundation, TD Bank, Devon Canada and more.
    The new 153,000 square-foot science 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.

    About the New Science 2011 Project: Building a new campus allows TELUS
World of Science the opportunity to expand operations and serve the needs of
our local community and surrounding areas on a greater and more meaningful
level. With attendance figures more than doubling over the past decade, there
is a demonstrated need for a new location in order to expand exhibit and
program offerings for visitors of all ages. The new TELUS World of Science -
Calgary, scheduled to open in the fall of 2011, will be located at the
intersection of Deerfoot Trail and Memorial Drive. As Canada's first
purpose-built science centre in over 25 years, the world-class facility will
sit on an 18.46 acre parcel of land and will be over 153,000 square feet in
size. It will encompass four dynamic learning halls in addition to a feature
exhibit hall that will showcase traveling exhibits. A spectacular 10,000
square foot Atrium, a Learning & Leadership Centre, a 240 seat Dome Theatre
and the Creative Kids Museum will also be featured in the new TELUS World of
Science.

    About TELUS World of Science - Calgary: TELUS World of Science - Calgary
is a registered not-for-profit organization founded in 1976. Opening doors for
over 300,000 visitors annually, TELUS World of Science has taken the leading
role in providing interactive learning experiences in science for families
from Calgary and Southern Alberta for over 40 years. As a key entry point that
influences careers in science, TELUS World of Science promotes values such as
curiosity, inquiry, innovation and collaboration to build on the foundation
for Canada's future economy.

    For more information about the New Science Centre Project, please visit
www.newsciencecentre2011.ca.

    For a complete New Science Centre 2011 Project Backgrounder, visit
www.calgaryscience.ca/backgrounder.pdf

    
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For further information: Media Contact: Cassandra McAuley, Media
Relations Manager, TELUS World of Science, Calgary, (403) 651-4043,
cassandra.mcauley@calgaryscience.ca

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