Federal and Provincial Government Invests in Innovation Centre for the Canadian Mining Industry at the University of Toronto's St. George Campus



    TORONTO, May 25 /CNW/ - The University of Toronto will build an
Innovation Centre for the Canadian Mining Industry at its St. George campus
with $11 million in infrastructure funding announced today by the federal and
provincial governments.
    The funding includes $5.5 million each from the federal government and
the province. Private donations totalling $9 million will make up the balance
of the estimated $20 million cost of construction of the project. The entire
investment is expected to create 200 jobs.
    The Centre, part of the Lassonde Institute, will be a focal point for
cutting edge research by UofT researchers, undergraduate and graduate students
from the university's Mineral and Civil Engineering programs at the Faculty of
Applied Science and Engineering.
    "The University of Toronto welcomes this investment by the Federal and
Provincial Governments," UofT President David Naylor said today. "The Mining
Innovation Centre on our St. George campus will help serve the needs of
today's mining industry and our broader society in two ways: it will uncover
new technologies and processes, and it will ensure that the industry can meet
higher environmental standards.
    "This is an exciting collaboration where the best minds and the leaders
in the Canadian mining industry can join forces to promote innovation and
sustainability."
    The new Centre will be constructed in previously un-used space in the top
floor of the Mining Building, which is a prominent 100-year-old heritage
building located at 170 College Street. The Centre will house research space
for 27 graduate students and post-doctoral researchers. It will feature:

    
    -   A laboratory for visualization and data analysis that will include
        computers and software to facilitate research and collaborative
        projects with industry;
    -   An interdisciplinary design studio for 100 undergraduate and graduate
        students;
    -   A seminar room;
    -   Studio space for multi-disciplinary project-based research and
        learning; and
    -   A full range of green building features, including roof-top
        photovoltaic cells, energy-efficient lighting, water conservation,
        gray water capture and recycling measures.
    

    "The mining sector remains a vital component of Canada's natural resource
strength as it evolves with global economic shifts and environmental
innovations," said Cristina Amon, Dean, Faculty of Applied Science and
Engineering. "We are grateful for the support from government and private
donations, which will enable UofT Engineering to continue to be at the
forefront of mining research and innovation, continuing to build economic
prosperity in Canada and around the globe."
    The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering is recognized as Canada's
premier Engineering and I.T. program and ranks tenth overall in the world by
the Times Higher Education-QS and U.S. News and World Report's World
University Rankings. The University of Toronto has assembled one of the
strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top
students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in breadth
and depth on any other Canadian campus.
    UofT faculty co-author more research articles than their colleagues at
any university in the US or Canada other than Harvard. As a measure of impact,
UofT consistently ranks alongside the top five U.S. universities whose
discoveries are most often cited by other researchers around the world. The
UofT faculty are also widely recognized for their teaching strengths and
commitment to graduate supervision.
    UofT attracts undergraduate, graduate and professional program students
from across Canada and abroad. Our students have unique opportunities to learn
from top researchers. Off campus, they can enjoy the extraordinary amenities
and attractions of the Toronto region, Canada's pre-eminent urban cluster. On
campus, students are able to craft intimate learning communities within a
unique undergraduate college system, participate in more than 1000 clubs and
co-curricular activities, and compete on a wide variety of intra-mural and
inter-collegiate sports teams.
    Established in 1827, the University of Toronto today operates in downtown
Toronto, Mississauga and Scarborough, as well as in ten renowned academic
hospitals.

    
                                 BACKGROUNDER

    $11 Million Innovation Centre for the Canadian Mining Industry at the
                  University of Toronto's St. George Campus
    

    Overview

    The new $11 million Innovation Centre for the Canadian Mining Industry at
UofT's downtown campus will provide a studio-based experience for the next
generation of design engineers, and interdisciplinary collaboration and
research opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students and post
doctoral researchers of the Mineral and Civil Engineering programs.
    The new Centre, part of the Lassonde Institute, will be constructed in
previously un-used space on the top floor of the Mining Building, a prominent
100-year-old heritage building located at 170 College Street. The Centre will
house research space for 27 graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.
It will feature:

    
    -   A laboratory for visualization and data analysis that will include
        computers and software to facilitate research and collaborative
        projects with industry;
    -   An interdisciplinary design studio for 100 undergraduate and graduate
        students;
    -   A seminar room;
    -   Studio space for multi-disciplinary project-based research and
        learning; and
    -   A full range of green building features, including roof-top
        photovoltaic cells, energy-efficient lighting, water conservation,
        gray water capture and recycling measures.

    Quick Facts on the Innovation Centre for the Canadian Mining Industry

    Funding      Includes $5.5 million each from the federal government and
                 the province. Private donations totalling $9 million will
                 make up the balance of the estimated $20 million cost of
                 construction of the project. The entire investment is
                 expected to create 200 jobs.

    Completion   January 31, 2011

    Features
                 -  Research space for 27 graduate students and post-doctoral
                    researchers
                 -  A visualization and data analysis laboratory, including
                    computers and software for graduate research and
                    collaborative projects with industry
                 -  Interdisciplinary design studio to accommodate up to 100
                    undergraduate and graduate students with flexible,
                    modular workstations to enable collaboration
                 -  Seminar room
                 -  Studio space for multi disciplinary project-based
                    research and learning
                 -  A full range of green building features, including roof-
                    top photovoltaic cells, energy efficient lighting, water
                    conservation, gray water capture and recycling measures,
                    among other green elements.

    Benefits to UofT

                 -  Creates usable space from an existing attic that was
                    previously unused - this is an urban infill project that
                    demonstrates sustainable practices
                 -  Provides creative and innovative space for collaborative
                    interdisciplinary teamwork and research
                 -  Preserves the historic nature of the Mining Building
                    while providing exciting modern learning facilities
                 -  Increases energy efficiency and reduction of emissions
                 -  Upgrades the health and safety of existing research and
                    development facilities
                 -  Improves incubation facilities for industry and research
                 -  Creates an opportunity for innovative teaching and
                    learning that provides both the latest technologies and
                    an environment that encourages collaboration and design
                    opportunities outside of the traditional learning model
                 -  Creates student-centric learning space
                 -  As an urban institution, this project importantly
                    demonstrates our ability to reclaim space that was
                    otherwise unusable while preserving the character of our
                    historic buildings

    Improvements
    to research
    and teaching

                 The Innovation Centre will include up-to-date technology for
                 research and computing to support the research being
                 conducted by graduate students and post-doctoral
                 researchers. In addition, the flexible, studio-style
                 workspace will enable researchers, graduate students and
                 undergraduate students to engage in collaborative teamwork
                 for project-based research and learning.

                 Some of the state-of-the-art equipment housed in the
                 Innovation Centre includes a visualization and data analysis
                 laboratory, with computers and software for graduate
                 research and collaborative projects with industry. This
                 equipment will allow modeling of innovative design ideas for
                 evaluation of performance and function before testing in the
                 physical laboratory takes place.

    Environmental
    Features

                 The proposed Innovation Centre will incorporate a number of
                 energy efficiency features to reduce energy consumption.
                 Most notably, this project will seek a high level of the
                 LEED certification. Specific green features include:

                 -  The use of heat recovery on ventilation air
                 -  Maximizing the use of natural light through sky lights
                 -  Use of LED lighting
                 -  Enhanced thermal insulation
                 -  Integrated building photovoltaics on the rooftop, to
                    collect up to 20KVA of solar energy, used to power the
                    lighting system or computers
                 -  Water conservation strategies including dual flush
                    toilets
                 -  Selection of materials that maximize recycled content
                 -  New computing efficiencies achieved using energy
                    management software
                 -  Stormwater collection and treatment for use in toilets.
                 -  Solar chimney to stimulate passive ventilation
                 -  Net zero energy lighting and computer systems using solar
                    energy collected by the photovoltaics
    





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