Feds Give $4 Million to Lethbridge Research Centre
LETHBRIDGE: The federal government announced a large influx of money for the Lethbridge Research Centre Monday. Lethbridge MP Jim Hillyer announced $3.9 million for renovations. The facility was built in the 1970s and needs an update to meet new building codes.
"You have a building that's been around for a long time and you recognize that it needs some upgrades," said Hillyer of the government's decision to make good on the grant. "The decision's not that difficult when you know how effective the place is and you see what needs to be improved."
Research Manager Dr. Brian Freeze says the renovations will improve insulation as well heating and cooling systems in the building. He added the reconstruction is also a health and safety issue for staff as bricks were actually falling off the building in high winds.
"This place is really the economic generator for this area. It has been for a long time and will continue to be," said Freeze. "So we think this represents a real signal that the government is prepared to support agricultural research in this area over the long term." Construction is expected to be complete by 2013.
Posted on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 4/20/2014 12:25:21 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photo of Jim Hillyer at Monday's announcement by Country 95 News