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Memorial University of Newfoundland Core Science Facility

CanadaCanadaCompany Name: Interior Specialties

Project description

The Memorial University- CORE Science Facility in St. John’s, NFLD is a 42,000-square-meter facility providing a modern and collaborative research ,laboratory, and teaching spaces for the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.
The building contains shell space that will be used for university-industry collaborations. It was recently announced that the Ocean Frontier Institute — a $100-million research partnership with the University of Prince Edward Island and Halifax’s Dalhousie University – will soon establish their headquarters in a portion of this space.
The facility will enable Memorial to compete globally as a top destination for students and researchers.
The project is targeting LEED Silver. This was a Gold Seal Certified project.

Main information

Sustainability certification goal
Building size

40 000 m²

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Building owner name


Architect name

John Hearn Architect
Fougere Menchenton


Company name: Interior Specialties

Main Representative: Tim Clarke, Derek Clarke

Number of collaborators: 60

Specialties: Interior Specialties specialize in Institutional and Commercial Interior Wall and Acoustic Ceiling construction, hygienic construction (health care) and exterior wall

Founded in: 1990

Biography: Stephen Clarke and Craig Duff founded Interior Specialties in 1990. Ownership was transitioned to Tim and Derek Clarke in 2020. A second generation, family owned enterprise, Interior Specialties is focused on Residential and Commercial Interior Finishes and Exterior Wall in Residential and Commercial Construction. Employing 60 Professional Trades People, the business has grown and is now an interprovincial company with operations throughout Atlantic Canada.

Innovation Partner: MARCO Builders of Atlantic Canada

Memorial University of Newfoundland Core Science Facility - Gypsum International Trophy 2023

Contractors: Tim Clarke & Derek Clarke

Saint-Gobain products & systems

Saint-Gobain Team

Russel MacKinnon
Architectural Solutions Manager – Atlantic Canada
Territory Manager – Newfoundland & Labrador

Photographer’s name

Karl Hipolito