Langara moves forward on snazzy new science-education hub

There were several politicians at Langara yesterday to turn the sod on the college's futuristic-looking Science and Technology Building.

The 12,000-square-metre structure will aim for a LEED Gold certification and is expected to open in 2016.

It will eventually be home for students studying biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, nursing, and kinesiology, as well as computing-science labs.

Teeple Architects along with Proscenium Architects designed the structure, which is estimated to cost nearly $50 million.

The Science and Technology Building is part of a 25-year plan to expand and improve the Langara campus, which is two short blocks east of Canada Line's Langara–49th Station.

Among those in attendance at the ground-breaking ceremony were Burnaby North MLA Richard Lee, Chief Wayne Sparrow of the Musqueam, Langara board chair Anne Lippert, Vancouver councillor Tony Tang, Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk, and Langara president and CEO Roy Daykin. You can see them with their shovels in the photo below.

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This is only a small part of the development that is going to occur in Langara over the next decade: approximately 1 year from now the city will announce the sale of at least part of the golf course to developers. The plans are underway awaiting only a civic election before being announced to the public.
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