FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
About the Expansion and Renovation Project in General
One of the Schulich School of Engineering's greatest needs is around infrastructure - both quality and quantity. In 2008, the engineering school undertook a benchmarking study to compare available space to the accepted space standards for engineering schools across the country. The analysis revealed something that people in the engineering school had perceived - that the school is significantly deficient in space. Taking into account the different needs of engineering disciplines, such as civil, electrical, mechanical and so on, the analysis documented in detail both the area and kind of space that is required. The deficiency could pose a threat to the school's accreditation if not addressed.
In the process of addressing the space needs, this renovation and expansion project has three goals:
1) Additional space for engineering teaching and research. The expansion project will add approximately 15,500 gross square metres of new space to the engineering complex to support current trends in engineering education and high-level engineering research.
2) Improve safety: In Phase 1 renovations, hazardous materials were removed from public areas. When these facilities were built, these materials were deemed safe but are no longer. The removal of these materials improved the safety of the school, laying the foundation for the expansion. Additional code upgrades will continue in the Phase 2 expansion and renovation. This will include bringing existing stairwells up to current code.
3) Improve environment: Many existing spaces in the engineering school are dark, crowded and outdated. Following construction of the expansion, renovations - both major and minor - will be made to existing spaces allowing them to be repurposed for "highest and best" use.
4) Improve quality: The high-quality expansion and renovatons will support the reputation that the engineering school has earned for high standards of education and research.
Four to seven years will be required to complete the project. Phase 1 renovations were completed in April 2011 thanks to funding from the Alberta Government Infrastructure Maintenance Program and the Government of Canada Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP).
Phase 1: This phase included hazardous material removal, mechanical upgrades to meet current code, energy efficiency upgrades, and upgrades necessary to prepare for the expansion. It included installation of sprinkler systems, replacement of wood doors and windows, painting, light fixture retrofits, mechanical retrofits as well as IT upgrades to Engineering Block F and the Mechanical Engineering Building.
Phase 2: The design of the expansion has been underway since the Summer of 2011. We have completed the design development phase and the project team is currently working on detailed design and construction documentation for both the expansion and major renovations. An early works package for excavation, foundations and seismic upgrades is being developed to allow construction to start late Spring 2013 should funding be made available.
Phase 3: Up to two more years is anticipated for renovations and repurposing of existing space once Phase 2 is complete. The expansion will support temporary decanting of select spaces to allow the renovation of the existing complex.
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TEACHING AND LEARNING SPACES
Funding for the expansion and renovation project is in development. The University of Calgary has placed the expansion of the engineering building as its top priority on the capital projects list that is presented to the province each year.
Phase 1 renovations were completed in April 2011 thanks to funding from the Alberta Government Infrastructure Maintenance Program and the Government of Canada Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP).
For the expansion, the University has committed $5 million to complete construction documentation for a "shovel-ready" project. This work is underway. In addition, funding from private sector philanthropists is being sought to allow for project enhancements for sustainability and for special engineering features. To date, over $14 million has been raised by the Schulich School of Engineering through the Engineering Leaders campaign for the capital project.