Multi-research greenhouse

UNB’s Saint John campus is getting a new greenhouse.

UNB Saint John’s existing greenhouse has reached the end of its structural life and a new one is needed.

Building a new multi-research greenhouse will allow UNB to conduct research to the benefit of students, researchers and industries such as aquaculture, healthcare and pharmaceutical development.

A research leader in potential medicinal compounds in wild plants, UNB research is supporting the development of new plant-based medicines, including compounds that have the potential to cure life-threatening diseases such as cancer.

This $1 million replacement project will allow the demolition of an outdated facility and eliminate significant levels in accumulated deferred maintenance and will improve the environmental footprint of the Saint John campus by reducing our energy consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Of the $675,000 in funding being invested, $450,000 is federal and $225,000 is provincial. The university is responsible for the remaining $323,000.

Federal funding has been allocated through the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, a program that will provide up to $2 billion over the next three years to enhance and modernize research facilities on Canadian campuses and improve the environmental sustainability of these facilities.

Project timeline

Phase 1 of this project began January 3, 2017 with the demolition of the existing greenhouse and is expected to end in March 2017. Construction of the new greenhouse will begin once the exam period is over.