Amico Design Build has started initial construction work for a new $30 million Science, Research and Innovation centre at the University of Windsor, with a target completion date of April 2018.
The 46,000 sq. ft. structure has received almost $15 million in federal funding, and the province is contributing $2.56 million, with the university responsible for the balance of the three-story building’s cost.
The new spaces will focus on three areas of research, said dean of science Chris Houser:
- Advanced materials, including nano-technology and biometrics;
- Translational health, bringing discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside with particular emphasis on cancer; and
- Medical physics, including medical imaging and diagnostic technologies.
Each floor will be an open-concept lab devoted to one of these fields, allowing for changes as needs evolve, Dr. Houser said.
“All of the labs are glass, completely transparent,” he said. “It’s indicative of the approach we are hoping for — collaborative and open to bringing in partners. Houser said the new spaces will support undergraduate and graduate research, which he called “the most effective learning experience for students.”