University of Toronto Receives $151 Million from the Federal-Provincial Knowledge Infrastructure Program



    TORONTO, May 25 /CNW/ - The University of Toronto is the recipient of
$151 million from the federal and provincial governments through the Knowledge
Infrastructure Program, UofT announced today. The investment will fund
significant capital projects on all three campuses that will help educate
Canadians in cutting edge sciences and technologies, serve as poles for
economic innovation across the GTA and create up to 1600 new construction
jobs.
    The program is providing $70 million each to University of Toronto
Mississauga (UTM) and University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) to build
instructional and laboratory complexes on both campuses. In addition, UofT's
St. George campus will receive $11 million to help build an Innovation Centre
for the Canadian Mining Industry at its Faculty of Applied Arts and
Engineering.
    "The University of Toronto differs from other institutions in the scale
of its operations and the depth and breadth of our research excellence," UofT
President David Naylor said today. "Both the University of Toronto Scarborough
and University of Toronto Mississauga essentially function as regional
universities and hubs for the development of the Eastern and Western GTA.
    "This tremendous investment by the two levels of government speaks to the
unique position of the University of Toronto regionally, provincially and
nationally."
    The instructional and laboratory complex at UTSC will be the first
building in a new phase of development planned for the northwest area of the
campus and will increase teaching and research space at UTSC by approximately
25 per cent. The facility will include classrooms, labs, study areas and
offices as well as provide dynamic community gathering places, dramatically
enhancing the student experience. The construction of the complex is expected
to create 700 jobs.
    At the University of Toronto Mississauga, the Complex will help the
university accommodate increasing enrolment. It will include new auditoriums,
lecture halls, classrooms, laboratory space and computer labs. This investment
in UTM is expected to create 700 construction jobs.
    At the St. George campus, joint federal-provincial funding of $11 million
will be used towards the construction of a new, $20-million mining centre on
the top floor of the Mining Building, a prominent 100-year-old heritage
building located on College Street. The entire investment is expected to
create 200 construction jobs.
    The Centre 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. It will house research space for 27 graduate students and
post-doctoral researchers.

    
    The Centre 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.
    

    "These investments have two important effects," said President Naylor.
"They fund building projects with an immediate economic impact. More
importantly, strengthening universities is a great investment in the long-term
prosperity and creativity of our society."
    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
           Infrastructure investments at the University of Toronto
    

    Instructional Centre at University of Toronto Scarborough - $70 million

    The Instructional Centre will be the most significant building project,
in terms of scale, since the campus was founded in 1964. At 13,990 gross sq.
m., the facility will provide an increase of approximately 25 per cent in
campus academic facilities and will house cutting-edge classrooms, student
study spaces, research and teaching laboratories, academic offices, and
facilities to support our students and community.
    The Instructional Centre will be located on an area of the University of
Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) land north of Ellesmere Road and on the west side
of Military Trail. The Centre will have a positive impact on campus life and
on UTSC's ability to connect with neighbouring communities.
    Construction of this facility will create about 700 jobs.

    
    Instructional and Laboratory Complex at University of Toronto Mississauga
    - $70 million

    The Instructional and Laboratory Complex at the University of Toronto
Mississauga (UTM) will help the university accommodate increasing enrolment at
its Mississauga campus. It will include new auditoriums, lecture halls,
classrooms, laboratory space and computer labs. This investment in the UTM is
expected to create 700 construction jobs.


    Innovation Centre for the Canadian Mining Industry at St. George Campus
    - $11 million
    

    The new Innovation Centre will be constructed in previously un-used space
on the top floor of UofT's Mining Building, a prominent 100-year-old heritage
building located on College Street. The Centre will house research space for
27 graduate students and post-doctoral researchers
    The Centre will provide a studio-based experience for next generation
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 revitalized
space will be a vibrant juxtaposition of modern facilities in historic
surroundings, and will be designed and built in accordance with the principles
of efficiency, economy and environmental sustainability that are key elements
of the UofT's Civil and Mineral Engineering programs.
    Construction of this centre will create about 200 jobs.

    For more detail on each of these projects, please contact:
    Laurie Stephens, 416-978-2105 or laurie.stephens@utoronto.ca





For further information:

For further information: Laurie Stephens, University of Toronto, (416)
978-2105, laurie.stephens@utoronto.ca

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