UVic Expands Engineering and Computer Building with New State-of-the-Art Learning Facilities (PHOTOS)
The Government of British Columbia and the University of Victoria have announced that they will build additional learning facilities and expand engineering and computer science programs.
In response to a growing demand for engineering and computer science programs as well as the need for high-impact solutions in areas such as environmental sustainability and health technologies, the expansion of UVic will include an addition of six floors which will include a new laboratory and educational spaces.
This new building will accommodate 500 additional places currently being added for computer science students and six engineering programs.
In addition, a new research and structures laboratory at High Bay will be built, including a 12-meter-high area for structural testing and other large-scale experiments.
Both structures have been designed to achieve a net zero carbon goal and will combine the design features of the passive house and solid wood structures.
The buildings will also include heat pumps and green and solar roofs. The buildings will serve as a living laboratory for experiential learning, research and industry partnerships, and tackle climate change, clean energy and healthcare solutions.
“This new space will accelerate UVic research discoveries and attract leading international scholars and researchers,” said Mina Hoorfar, Dean of UVic Engineering and Computer Science, “These buildings emblems will provide a dynamic environment for the training of future engineers and computer scientists “.
The cost of the project is $ 89.6 million, including $ 64.8 million from the province and $ 24.8 million from the university and through a fundraising campaign.
The project is expected to generate around 600 construction and supplier industry jobs and, with the additional space and programs, lead to an additional 125 graduates per year by 2023.
Check out the photos of the proposed design below: