Growing Excellence: the Newly-Renovated Johnson Greenhouse and Laboratories

Growing Excellence: the Newly-Renovated Johnson Greenhouse and Laboratories

Renovated Greenhouse

In addition to a revamped Library and Learning Commons, Bishop’s 175th anniversary year has also seen the completion of the newly-renovated Johnson building greenhouse and laboratories, reinforcing Bishop’s commitment to support our students in their pursuit for academic excellence. These state-of-the-art facilities will provide exceptional resources for learning, teaching, and research. In turn, this will allow students to unleash their curiosity, creativity and innovation.

Standing proud on the far end of the Johnson building, the newly renovated greenhouse accommodates 4.6 m tall ceilings, providing ample space for the cultivation of different varieties of hops, for instance, to support experiential learning for students enrolled in Brewing Sciences graduate certificate. It will become the ecosystem of many other trees, shrubs, and plants and is already a hotbed of much experimentation. It also features a control system connected to a meteorological station; snowfall-activated roof warmers to prevent snow or ice buildup; and timer-controlled lights to ensure year-round operation. It was also designed with sustainability in mind, with water recuperation systems for irrigation, and opaque curtains to limit light pollution among other features.

Inside the Science Building, the newly renovated laboratories house communal research spaces for faculty and students working on a variety of different research projects in astrophysics, organic chemistry, biodiversity, epidemiology, and cell biology. They also feature modernized teaching labs in organic and analytical chemistry; improved safety features; renovated study rooms; and card-readers for access doors to improve safety and accessibility.

The $9.3 M renovation was made possible by the support of both the governments of Canada and Quebec through the Post Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund and the Plan Québécois d’infrastructures. What a great way to launch the 2019-2020 academic year!