Backgrounder: Facts and Figures

Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex

Backgrounder: Facts and Figures

The Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex (CFHBC) will play a key role in advancing Canada’s science and technology infrastructure. In addition to world-class work by researchers in areas like cancer, infectious diseases, biotechnology and green chemistry, the facility will also house a business incubator for start-up businesses to capitalize on the innovative research and knowledge transfer undertaken at the complex.

The $111.4-million Complex will be 176,000 square feet and contain:
  • four Canada Research Chairs/Ontario distinguished researchers in biotechnology, green chemistry, plant pathology, and science and health
  • six health research scientists focusing on diabetes, cancer, infectious diseases, tropical diseases, West Nile virus and malaria
  • Niagara Health Systems research scientists
  • a business incubator to spin out research and development and bring innovations to market
The new Complex will also provide much-needed teaching and learning space and increase the University’s capacity to train students in advanced knowledge areas by:
  • reducing crowding of faculty members and students in research laboratories
  • providing high quality, state-of-the-art research laboratories for human health, biosciences, biotechnology and green science
  • facilitating multi- and inter-disciplinary research across Faculties and departments by co-locating these disciplines in one major research facility
  • providing opportunities for inter-university and inter-disciplinary research collaborations with the co-located Niagara Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
  • providing office spaces for faculty and graduate students near their research laboratories
  • increasing interactive space for undergraduate and graduate students
The CFHBRC will house the following laboratories, research facilities and office space:
  • synthetic chemistry laboratory
  • applied health sciences, biotechnology and biology laboratory space
  • Containment Level 3 (CL3) laboratory
  • vivarium
  • phytotron (enclosed greenhouse)
  • photophysical sciences laboratory
  • teaching laboratories
  • business incubator
  • computer teaching space
  • Department of Child and Youth Studies laboratory space
  • Niagara Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine
  • multi-purpose laboratories and miscellaneous program amenities
The CFHBRC will be developed based on principles of sustainability and quality environments. The construction of the Complex will be targeting a “Certified” rating or higher on the Canadian Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) scoring system. A LEED-certified CFHBRC facility will support the University’s vision for quality state of the art facilities with innovative design, quality materials and sustainable systems.


Architect's rendering of the Cairns Family Health andBioscience Research Complex

Architect's rendering of the Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex.