Beaty Biodiversity Centre Expansion Project

Things are changing at the Beaty! A significant expansion to the Biodiversity Research Centre, located next to the museum, will be happening this spring. The construction period starts in April 2023 and the conclusion will be in spring 2025. As with any major construction project, we anticipate delays and unforeseen circumstances – we may need to cancel or change our bookings and rentals at short notice. We thank you for your patience as we undergo this exciting transformation!

The Beaty Biodiversity Museum will remain open during the expansion period, and operations will continue as normal.

What to expect:

During the construction period, visitors can expect some noise and occasional changes in access points. There may be times when the museum will have to close, and we may have to cancel bookings and scheduled programming at short notice. We will endeavor to provide the public with as much advanced notice as possible of any closure dates using our social media and website.

About the expansion project:

The proposed expansion of the Beaty Biodiversity Centre will be a 4,430 sq. m. 6-story laboratory and office addition to the existing building that will provide space for researchers, museum collections and supporting functions, and meeting and gathering spaces.

The building is on Main Mall, an important part of the campus, and will be situated adjacent to Fairview Grove, a valued green space. The proposed addition is east of the grove away from Main Mall. Considerable planning has gone into the design of the landscape to address the loss of trees through the enhancement of the grove and connecting the ecology of this site to adjacent natural, cultural, and ecological systems.

Click here to read more about the Beaty Biodiversity Centre expansion.