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Churchill Marine Observatory Phase 1


Location: Churchill, Manitoba
Owner: University of Manitoba
Architect: Prairie Architects
Contract Type: Stipulated Sum
Completion Date: April 2020
Project Value: $14.7M


The Churchill Marine Observatory includes two OSIM (Oil in Sea Ice Mesocosm) tanks, logistics base and lab space, and parking area. The facility will use ambient Arctic conditions and natural seawater to grow and test sea ice that has been impacted by oil, liquefied natural gas, or other contaminants. The facility is targeting LEED Silver. A major challenge we face in this project is keeping our impact on the surrounding ecosystems to a minimum, due to the strong presence of Polar Bears and Beluga whales at and around the site during certain times of the year.

Blumenort Office

25 Penner Drive
Blumenort, MB R0A 0C0
Phone: 204-326-1341
Toll Free: 866-326-1341

Winnipeg Office

Unit 6 – 1333 Niakwa Road East
Winnipeg, MB

Phone: 204-326-1341
Toll Free: 866-326-1341