Students at Royal Roads University will have better opportunities to push the boundaries of environmental science in a modern facility, as a result of a Canada-B.C. infrastructure investment.
The new Sherman Jen Building, which opened to students in early September 2018, includes major renovations and upgrades to a century-old building (the former Mews Building) and construction of a modern addition.
The $24.8-million project budget includes $9.3 million from the Government of Canada’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund, $5.7 million from the Province of British Columbia, and $7 million from philanthropist Sherman Jen, with the balance supplied by Royal Roads University.
The 4,700 square-metre project includes 2,700 square metres of renovated space and a new 2,000 square-metre addition. The new facilities house environmental science teaching labs, wet labs, and academic support and integrated student service space.
“The Sherman Jen Building will transform the educational experience for many of our undergraduate students, giving them access to cutting-edge science facilities and learning technologies, as well as a community hub on campus,” promises Allan Cahoon, president and vice-chancellor, Royal Roads University.
“Thanks to the investments by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, as well as the generous contribution of Dr. Sherman Jen, we greatly look forward to seeing this international, intercultural community of vibrant students learn and thrive together.”
The Sherman Jen building, with its light-filled gathering area, will be the campus hub for undergraduate students at Royal Roads. A new student commons space to foster international and intercultural understanding will help students from different backgrounds create lifelong connections and professional partnerships.
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