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Feds' cash injection to finish RRU centre

February 17, 2011
Times Colonist

The federal government announced $2 million in funding Wednesday to complete the $19.9-million Learning and Innovation Centre at Royal Roads University in Colwood.

The four-storey, 5,781-square-metre project is being built to gold leadership in energy and environmental design standards. It is scheduled to be finished sometime this spring.

No date has been set for the first classes because the environmentally friendly heating and cooling system requires that the building remain empty for a period of time after the technology is installed, said Phil Saunders, university spokesman.

The latest funding comes via Ottawa's knowledge infrastructure program, bringing the total contribution from the feds to

$5 million. Provincial taxpayers earlier paid $15 million toward the building. Construction began last year. Durwest is the contractor and Jenner Chernoff Thompson is the architect.

A Royal Roads University legacy campaign was set up to raise $100 million to help pay for the new centre, along with other planned projects like the Robert Bateman Centre.

This centre is the first purpose-built facility to go up at the Hatley Park National Historic Site since it became a civil institution 16 years ago.

The new building has been designed to support Royal Roads' collaborative learning approach, which combines short-term residencies with online course work for Canadian and international students. Its fourth floor will be a centre for dialogue for government, industry and other sectors to connect on issues.

"The LIC strengthens our opportunity to offer a unique educational experience. The teaching space combined with technology allows our students to excel in their course of study and more importantly invest that knowledge in their lives and careers," said university president Allan Cahoon. "This important investment is a great example of how knowledge transfer creates opportunity from local to global."