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Science World’s iconic dome undergoing major upgrades to HVAC, electrical, envelope and more

July 10, 2024  By  Anthony Capkun

July 10, 2024 – Science World’s geodesic dome is among the most recognizable buildings in British Columbia and, thanks to $19 million in funding from the federal government, the structure is on tap to receive critical upgrades.

“We are very grateful for the continued support of the federal government and this significant investment to ensure that Science World is here for generations to come,” said Tracy Redies, president & CEO. “These critical infrastructure upgrades are not only vital to our own future, but to the future generations of students, families and teachers who access our STEAM programming every day.”

Located in Vancouver, the dome was originally built as a temporary signature site for Expo ’86.

Today it is home to Science World, a non-profit organization that engages learners across the province in science, technology, engineering, art & design, and math (STEAM) through interactive exhibits and outreach programs.

The geodesic dome houses Science World’s Omnimax theatre, which offers 360-degree educational and visually immersive films.

The funding will go toward insulation and addressing necessary repairs in the dome to support the re-opening of the theatre. It will also support priority repairs to the HVAC and electrical systems, and decking and pilings, and upgrades to the building envelope.

Additionally, they upgrades will include new accessibility features.

Ottawa is supporting the project through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) program. The Province of British Columbia announced $20 million in funding for infrastructure repairs and priorities at Science World, $9.3 million of which is going toward the dome project.

These improvements are expected to reduce the facility’s energy consumption by an estimated 42% and GHG emissions by 66.5 tonnes annually.

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