The Telus World of Science, still affectionately referred to by its original name Science World, is getting a $35 million makeover, or “ReGeneration.” However, the nonprofit organization still needs to raise $3 million from the community.
Today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Christy Clark joined Science World Chairman Andrew Harries to reveal the results of the largest renovation in the organization’s history. Work on the ReGeneration program began in spring 2010 with the goal of improving both infrastructure and eco-friendliness. It’s added a 30,000 square foot expansion featuring a new lobby and gallery space. There is now also a roof deck with views of the city and False Creek, as well as a “sustainability park” that will surround the building in 2012.
The ReGeneration was made possible by contributions of $10.5 million each from the federal and provincial governments. Science World is raising $14 million from the community to complete the renovations, and has $3 million to go to reach its goal. It’s looking to donors for the remaining funds.
“Our government is committed to promoting a culture of knowledge and innovation,” said Stephen Harper. “Improvements at Vancouver’s iconic Science World will continue to inspire young minds for generations to discover science and technology while attracting tourists, creating jobs and growth here in British Columbia.”
“Over the next 10 years, approximately one in eight job openings will be in a science-related occupation,” said Christy Clark. “In order to maintain our competitive edge, it’s important we support Science World and their programs that foster the pursuit of science in our children and throughout the community, so we have bright young people to fill those jobs when they become available.”
“Now is the ideal time to come down and explore Science World in all its glory,” said Bryan Tisdall, President and CEO of Science World. “We still have all the exhibits and galleries our visitors love, but we now have lots of exciting new features that will appeal to everyone. I would like to personally thank the community for their support over the years, and the federal and provincial governments for their generous funding of the renewal.”
As a token of appreciation to the community, admission to Science World at TELUS World of Science will be free on Saturday, December 3.