Carleton University has broken ground on a $16-million facility for its Faculty of Engineering and Design aimed at triggering new “collaborative opportunities” with industry partners and providing more hands-on learning experiences for students.
Construction on the new 25,000-square-foot Engineering Design Centre on Library Road began earlier this month. The facility will provide space for fourth-year students to work together on design projects.
The three-storey building designed in a joint venture by Diamond Schmitt Architects and KWC Architects will feature a makerspace with technology such as laser and waterjet cutters, 3D printers and injection moulding machines as well as design studios, workshops and meeting areas.
Engineering and design dean Larry Kostiuk said the new space will combine both theory and practice.
“For students, fourth-year projects are much like working on a startup – serving as an opportunity to explore new ideas that require sustained commitment, critical thinking and improvisational skill,” Kostiuk told the university website.
“Having a dedicated physical space where students can work together towards a shared goal helps them gain valuable transferable skills for the future.”
The university said it is “keen to collaborate” with local companies to help prepare students to tackle real-world problems.
“Alumni and partners can help enhance the long-term vision for the building by developing new collaborative opportunities and adding leading technology so that students and community can work together on shared challenges,” the university said in a news release.
The new Engineering Design Centre is expected to open in the fall of 2021.