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Update on DNA Building Construction

DNA Building ConstructionConstruction of the DNA Building is progressing on schedule, says Linda Smith, capital projects coordinator.

The steel is currently being erected and should be completed prior to the holiday season. The next steps include masonry and siding, which will form the exterior shell.

The shell should be finished in January at which time the interior trades such as electrical and mechanical will begin their work. Also, new light poles are being installed along the roadway out to Nassau Mills Road.

Construction of the new building, located on the East Bank of the main campus, began in August 2005. Work on the DNA Building is expected to be completed in late spring 2006.

The DNA Building is a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility that is interdisciplinary in focus. The first building module is part of a longer-term vision that will see a regional research and technology park anchored on Trent University's endowment lands.

The first module in phase one of the project will provide a new home for faculty from the Biology and Trent-Fleming DNA Forensics programs. Also housed in the building will be additional faculty from Anthropology and Nursing, researchers with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources currently working at the Trent campus and staff from the Peterborough Region DNA Cluster office.

The facility will include new wet and dry lab spaces, classrooms and faculty offices. Phase one consists of two blocks (A & B) with a second floor above block B. These two blocks are approximately 57,900 square feet. Approximately 50 per cent of the building will comprise wet and dry laboratories with a strong emphasis on shared research space. Two teaching classrooms will be constructed along with offices to house Trent researchers. The second floor will be occupied by the OMNR.

Photo: Construction of the new DNA Building is progressing on schedule.

Posted December 5, 2005

































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