The University of Victoria will break ground in early 2022 on a CAD$89.6 million project to provide new facilities for the Department of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS). A six-story addition to the existing ECS building will feature new laboratories and instructional venues for the university's growing programs in biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, and software engineering. The adjacent High Bay Research and Structures Lab will enable large-scale experiments and the testing of new construction methods and materials.
Designed by DIALOG, both net-zero carbon facilities will integrate Passive House principles for building insulation, ventilation, and performance. Accelerating the creation of new energy technologies and climate solutions, the project will act as a living laboratory for applied learning and discovery with exposed building infrastructure, mass timber components, heat pumps, and green and solar roofs. Occupancy is expected in 2024.