Vancouver’s Science World to receive much needed infrastructure upgrades

Science World’s geodesic dome was built in 1986, and has long needed infrastructure upgrades. Photo: Charlemain Productions, courtesy of Science World.

The federal government is investing $19 million to help Science World in Vancouver, BC carryout critical infrastructure repairs to its iconic geodesic dome.

The funding will support repairs to the HVAC and electrical systems, decking and piling repairs, the addition of accessibility features, and upgrades to the building envelope.

Science World is a non-profit organization offering interactive exhibits and outreach programs in science, technology, engineering, art and design, and math (STEAM). It’s geodesic dome features the OMNIMAX Theatre, which showcases educational and immersive films through a 360-degree cinematic experience. The dome was built in 1986, and has long needed infrastructure upgrades. It is currently closed pending the repairs.

The $19-million investment comes through the Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program. In 2023 the government of BC announced $20 million in funding for infrastructure repairs at Science World, $9.3 million of which will go towards the dome upgrades. The improvements are expected to reduce energy consumption at the facility by 42 per cent, and greenhouse gas emissions by 66.5 tonnes per year.

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