The newest building at the University of Lethbridge finally has a name.

The $280 million science and academic facility will be officially known as “Science Commons”.

The name was chosen to reflect the fact the building brings together eight different departments in a place that stimulates collaboration.

Matthew Letts, interim dean of the U of L’s Faculty of Arts & Science says the main idea behind using the word “commons” was to reflect this new building is inviting to everyone across campus as well as the entire community in Lethbridge and southern Alberta.

“Science Commons is the perfect descriptor because the building is specially equipped for world-class scientific research and teaching, while the word “commons” denotes that the space is meant for everyone. The science-on-display concept is designed to encourage community participation, showcase the extraordinary work that happens in the labs here and inspire the next generation,” says Letts.

The official grand opening of Science Commons will be September 13th and 14th. The opening ceremony is slated for 11:00 am September 13th.

As part of the grand opening, a Blackfoot name will be bestowed to the building during a traditional Blackfoot ceremony. The public is invited to attend.

Science Commons also features dedicated spaces that allow the U of L to double its capacity for science outreach with schools, through science camps and clubs, and the community at large, through lifelong learning and meeting places.

(With files from U of L)