The University of Calgary in Canada has received $142.5m in funding from the Government of Alberta for its Schulich expansion and renovation project.
The $158.3m project will transform the university’s Schulich School of Engineering, creating additional space for teaching, learning and research.
After completion, the project will add around 18,300m² of space to the engineering complex and renovate an additional 11,100m² of existing space within the complex.
The expansion will allow the school to increase its capacity by around 400 students.
After completion, the facility will feature new undergraduate teaching labs, a relocated and expanded first-year study centre and new student study and support spaces, including an expanded student lounge.
Plans also include new workshops for student teams and clubs, an expanded and reconfigured undergraduate studies office and an expanded career centre.
Two new 240-seat theatres, relocated and enhanced registrar classrooms and two new floors of research labs are also included in the plans.
The latest energy saving technologies will be used in order to secure Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
Apart from the Alberta Government’s funding, $15.8m of the capital cost of the project is provided by the Engineering Leaders campaign, which has raised $54.3m so far.
Construction on the new building, which will start immediately, is expected to complete in 2016.
After completion, the new building will provide a welcoming front door to the Schulich School of Engineering.
University of Calgary president and vice-chancellor Elizabeth Cannon said Alberta Government’s contribution allows the university to improve engineering education for future students and faculty.
"Equipped with transformational learning and research facilities, this project will make the Schulich School of Engineering a centre of excellence for collaborative learning and engineering research in Canada and internationally."
Image: The new building will create additional space for teaching, learning and research at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering. Photo: Courtesy of University of Calgary.