Opening of Neufeld Science Centre expansion celebrates TWU’s growing research capacity

(Nov 2011)

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(L-R) Craig Montgomery, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Chemistry; Bob Wood, Ph.D., Interim Provost; Mark Warawa, MP, Langley; Rich Coleman, Minster Responsible for Energy and Mines, Minister Responsible for Housing, and MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove; Jonathan S. Raymond, Ph.D., TWU President; and Jeremy Funk, Chair of TWU Board of Governors cut the ribbon for the Neufeld Science Centre expansion (photo: Rachel Pick).

On November 4, 2011, TWU President Jonathan S. Raymond, Ph.D., was joined by the Honorable Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament, Langley and the Honourable Rich Coleman, Minister Responsible for Energy and Mines, Minister Responsible for Housing, and MLA for Fort Langley-Aldergrove, to open the newly expanded Neufeld Science Centre.

“This is a blessing to the University,” said Raymond. “It significantly increases our capacity for advanced research, and it is paving the way for our students to come alongside faculty to get involved in the research enterprise.”

The 7,778 square foot expansion provides administrative space for the School of Nursing and research laboratories for the development of graduate programs in Biology and Chemistry. It also houses the new Dr. Jack Van Dyke Chemistry Research Laboratory that supports current chemistry faculty research projects in areas such as “Green Chemistry”, plant chemical ecology, and polymer blends with the potential to be used in the clean up of toxic spills.

The project received a Government of Canada investment of $1.953 million through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, under Canada’s Economic Action Plan. The total project cost $3.9 million.

“Our government is investing in research and training facilities at campuses across the country to create jobs, help our economy recover quickly and improve the quality of life of Canadians,” said Warawa. “This investment created local jobs and has helped improve Trinity’s research infrastructure, providing benefits now and for years to come.”

The new addition improves biosecurity standards by providing space for proper control and storage of microbial samples, cells and tissues, and research animals. It will support the advanced training of highly qualified personnel and TWU’s ability to generate Canadian health and environmental benefits and products.

Also attending were the Honourable Marc Dalton, MLA for Maple Ridge, Mission; Mayor Peter Fassbender, City of Langley; Deputy Mayor Grant Ward, Township of Langley; Dr. Calvin Hanson, TWU President Emeritus; the TWU Board of Governors; donors who supported the project; and other friends of TWU including Lori Neufeld, daughter of the original patrons for the Neufeld Science Centre, Mrs. Anna and Dr. George Neufeld.

In addition to the Neufeld Science Centre expansion, TWU was also awarded a $661,000 KIP grant that, in addition to generous private donations, funded the $1.3 million upgrade of its information and communication technologies, integrating all campus IT infrastructure. The project includes the deployment of Voice over IP (VoIP) phones to the entire campus and the acquisition of BlazeCast, a campus wide Emergency Notification System that integrates with TWU’s phone system.

Neufeld Science Centre Expansion

Advanced programs in the sciences and health sciences continue to gain momentum at TWU. The addition to the Neufeld Science Centre will give these growing programs the space they need to grow. The addition will make room for new instructional and research laboratories in the areas of chemistry, biology, and nursing.

TWU breaks ground on $3.3-million expansion to Neufeld Science Centre

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L-R: Jonathan Raymond, Ph.D., President of Trinity Western University, Dennis Jameson, Ph.D., Provost, Ka Yin Leung, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences, Sheldon Loeppky, Associate Provost (Photo: Danny Hsiao)

Mayor Rick Green, Township of Langley, and Mayor Peter Fassbender, City of Langley, joined President of Trinity Western University, Jonathan Raymond, Ph.D., to break ground on a $3.3-million expansion to TWU’s Neufeld Science Centre that will provide 8,624 square feet of science and technology research labs and teaching space for the University’s Nursing, Chemistry and Biology programs.

The expansion – co-funded by the Industry Canada Knowledge Infrastructure Program, through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, with matching contributions from the Murdock Charitable Trust and the Arthur J E Child Foundation – will increase TWU’s science and technology research capacity, research and industry partnerships, advanced training of highly qualified personnel, and ability to generate Canadian health and environmental benefits and products.

“This is a great day,” said Dr. Raymond, “it recognizes the world class research going on in Trinity Western University laboratories and signifies that there is more to come.”

Built in 1964 and then extended in 1993, the Neufeld Science Centre was originally planned as a teaching space. With research gaining momentum since 2000 the expansion is necessary to support the advanced training generated by TWU researchers in science and health sciences – including Canada Research Chair Eve Stringham, Ph.D., and her work utilizing the spinning disk confocal microscope that TWU purchased with a 2007 grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund and is the only one of its kind in the Fraser Valley.

New facilities to include: Animal Care Facility, NMR Equipment Room, Chemistry Research Laboratories, Tissue Culture Room, Biology Research Laboratory, Nursing Laboratory Expansion and offices for Graduate students and research personnel.

Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences, Ka Yin Leung, Ph.D., concluded, “The Neufeld expansion is very much in support of the TWU vision statement for research – that Trinity Western University supports high quality research and scholarship, providing venues and resources for reflection and dialogue on the meaning and value of truth that leads to positive action in the world.”

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