Today, the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo announced the Government of Canada’s contribution of $24.7 million to the University of Waterloo’s cutting edge Science Complex.
Sandra Banks, Vice-President, University Relations, University of Waterloo hosted the on-campus event earlier this afternoon at Federation Hall. Ian Orchard, Vice-President, Academic and Provost and Bob Lemieux, Dean of Science addressed the faculty, staff, students and local media in attendance.
We are proud to announce our intention to invest in the University of Waterloo Science Complex, which will focus on developing a highly-skilled workforce driving innovation in sectors that support increased economic diversification and competitiveness in Ontario,” said Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo.
Located in the centre of campus and adjacent to existing Science buildings, the 215,000 square foot Science Complex will create a vibrant hub of scientific learning, discovery, entrepreneurship and student space. The expansion will help Science meet the growing demand from Ontario’s top students for our strong programs and allow more students to experience Waterloo’s exceptional hands-on education.
Today’s funding is an exciting opportunity for Science at Waterloo to expand support for researchers, students and entrepreneurs who will shape the future by pushing our understanding of the world around us,” said Bob Lemieux, dean of the Faculty of Science.
The Faculty of Science at Waterloo is leader in research nationally and internationally. Their discoveries span the entire research spectrum—from understanding our universe to improving human health.
The Science Complex will expand laboratory space at Waterloo by more than 40,000 square feet for innovation in bio-based chemistry, materials and nanoscience, quantitative biology, metagenomics and synthetic biology. New undergraduate programs in these areas will also benefit, including more opportunities for students to do undergraduate thesis research and participate in high-demand co-op stream programs.
The experiential learning environment at the University of Waterloo clearly shows that teaching and research—contrary to popular belief— are not mutually exclusive, but are in fact inextricably linked,” said Lemieux. “Our new Science Complex will play a critical role in strengthening the links between teaching and research in a mutually beneficial way.
Additional the Science Complex will be the new home for Velocity Science, an incubator that gives students the opportunity to explore their ideas and develop world-class startups in the physical and life sciences.
Funding for the building is supported by Infrastructure Canada’s New Building Canada Fund.