Construction is now underway for the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB). Located on the current Visual Arts Parking Lot off Perth Drive, this 120,000-square-foot facility will serve as the new home for the Brain and Mind Institute and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, as well as provide five mixed-use general classroom spaces. Phase one of this building will house dry laboratories, teaching and research space, classrooms, public amenities and a public plaza. Approximately 25,000 square feet over two floors will be unfinished to accommodate future research related space needs. A portion of building costs for this signature research facility will be supported by the federal Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.
“This new facility will have a major impact on our ability to recruit outstanding researchers, encourage new partnerships and promote new and innovative training opportunities for our students,” ~ John Capone, Vice President, Research.
“WIRB is another demonstration of our commitment to investing in interdisciplinary areas of strength, as is articulated in Western’s strategic plan as an institutional priority. The building will significantly increase our capacity to support research teams that draw on the expertise of faculty, staff and students across campus." ~ Janice Deakin, Provost and Vice-President (Academic).
Construction is scheduled to be completed in late 2017 / early 2018. Facilities Management tracks construction updates on the Projects & Planning website and on Twitter, @westernuFM.
To view construction photos in Dropbox, click here.