With Engineering’s undergraduate enrolment expected to jump more than 25 per cent in the next couple of years, the timing could not be better to break ground on a new building.
With the goal of enhancing teaching and learning spaces, a new 100,000-square-foot building is set to take shape this fall, connecting to the Spencer Engineering Building and Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory (BLWTL), along Western Road. The BLWTL will remain, but office space will removed during construction.
Engineering Dean Andrew Hrymak said the building is all about collaborative education and enabling student-centred learning. With the current complement of about 1,700 undergraduates, 500 research graduate students, 100 faculty and 60 staff expected to grow to around 2,300 undergraduates, 600 research graduate students, 120 faculty and 70 staff, the scheduled September 2018 opening of the $40-million building is much anticipated.
The site will impact the occupants and visitors of the BLWT. There may be temporary delays to pedestrians and motorists travelling around the site during select stages of construction.
Facilities Management is tracking construction and posting project updates in the right column of this webpage and on Twitter, @westernuFM. The Faculty of Engineering will be making periodic updates on their website; http://www.eng.uwo.ca/
The footprint of the building will have a moderate impact on campus green space as sections of the building will replace portions of a current structure, the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel.
Engineering enrolment is expected to grow by 25% in the coming years and the new builidng will provide enhanced teaching and learning space.
Construction milestones and updates will be listed below.
May 2017 Steel and material deliveries
July 2017 Steel and material deliveries
September 2018 - Completion.
During the initial stages of the project, there will be minimal impact on the adjacent facilities and thoroughfares. Once construction begins, there may be significant, intermittent interruptions to select services. Significant service interruptions will be tweeted (@westernuFM) and posted on this page.
Material deliveries to the construction site will have an impact on the following:
May 16-24 Lane shifts on Western Rd.
July (TBD) Lane shifts on Western Rd.
August (TBD) Lane shifts on Western Rd.
100,000 sq. ft.
Along Western Rd., between Spencer Engineering Building and the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel
The architectural consultants are Perkins + Will and Cornerstone Architecture.
The University is seeking LEED Gold certification for the building.