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Laurentian University mining research arm moves into new digs

MIRARCO is newest tenant at Cliff Fielding research building
Mirarco office facade

A Sudbury mining research institute has moved into a new environment on the Laurentian University campus.

MIRARCO (Mining Innovation Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation) has moved its main offices to the second floor of the Cliff Fielding Research, Innovation and Engineering Building.

A Jan. 13 social media post said the move represents an opportunity to evolve its mandate to boost Laurentian's representation as "Canada's Mining University."

Since its establishment in 1998 as a university not-for-profit research arm, MIRARCO said it has developed more than 100 "highly qualified persons" and managing more than $100 million in projects.

The Cliff Fielding building is a relatively new addition to campus. The 60,000-square-foot facility houses all mining, chemical, mechanical engineering labs, a lecture theatre, a collaborative research hub for all the Laurentian research centres, an analytical facility, and a commercialization space.

“I am very excited about our move to the Cliff Fielding Research, Innovation and Engineering Building," said MIRARCO president-CEO Jennifer Abols in a statement.

"Moving our main office to Laurentian’s Engineering and Innovation space will allow us to interact and better collaborate with faculty and students and deliver innovative technologies and applied solutions to problems faced by industry.”

Abols is also executive director at Laurentian's Goodman School of Mines.