Western's new campus
Western’s campus continues to grow with new buildings being constructed to meet needs for teaching, research, graduate student and residence space.
In 2005, the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building opened. Complete with a simulated hospital ward and home care unit as well as a 3D virtual reality theatre, the facility places Western at the forefront of clinical-based health education in Canada. It was named in recognition of the Labatts’ $5-million donation to the Faculty of Health Sciences.
2005 also saw the opening of the Don Rix Clinical Skills Learning Building. Part of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, the facility houses 16 exam rooms in which medical students develop their communication and physical examination skills by practicing on standardized patients. The building was named in acknowledgment of a $2- million gift from Don (MD’57) and Eleanor Rix and their daughter Laurie MacRae.
The University’s budget for 2005-2006 contains $41.9 million for new construction and is the fourth consecutive year more than $40 million will be spent on new buildings. Underway already are the new residence, London Hall, and the Biotron, a Canada Foundation for Innovation interdisciplinary research facility. And while not new construction, the Biological and Geological Sciences Building will also undergo a $29-million renovation to modernize its infrastructure and laboratories.