University of Waterloo to construct new health sciences building

14 December 2014 (Last Updated December 14th, 2014 18:30)

Construction has started on the University of Waterloo's new 56,000ft² Faculty of Applied Health Sciences building in Ontario, Canada.

University of Waterloo

Construction has started on the University of Waterloo's new 56,000ft² Faculty of Applied Health Sciences building in Ontario, Canada.

The facility will house research and teaching space and is set to include kinesiology research and teaching labs, as well as a 350-seat lecture theatre for classes, public lectures and conferences.

The building will house the University's School of Anatomy, and also contain a graduate student seminar room, offices and a number of student workspaces.

University of Waterloo interim dean professor James Rush said: "Our physical expansion is only now catching up with the academic and research expansion that has occurred over the past several years.

"Producing world-class research and providing exceptional training remains a top priority, and our new facilities will help support that."

"Producing world-class research and providing exceptional training remains a top priority, and our new facilities will help support that."

The Faculty of Applied Health Sciencesm, which operated with 400ft² of lab space earlier, is home to about 25,000ft² of lab and research space currently.

It offers a selection of 20 degree programmes and specialisations spanning three different departments.

"Today's academic landscape is changing. While Waterloo has always been a leader in innovative education models, AHS has embraced this approach and it shows in the range of programs we offer our students.

"The new physical spaces will give us the freedom to dream even bigger," Rush added.


Image: The University of Waterloo''s new applied health sciences building. Photo: courtesy of IBI Group Architects and Melloul Blamey Construction.