A groundbreaking collaborative marine research and innovation vehicle that brings together a number of partners from industry, government and the post secondary education system has been launched on Canada’s east coast.

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Construction is beginning on an addition to the Life Sciences Centre at Dalhousie, expanding the institution’s research capacity and hosting the offices and staff for the Halifax Marine Research Institute. Dubbed the Oceans Excellence Centre, the 68,000-square-foot complex, which was recently approved by Dalhousie’s Board of Governors with a project budget of $30 million, will be added to the west end of the building, connected via a glass atrium with the Oceanography wing. The four-story building began construction this spring with an estimated completion date of January 2013.

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