It’s a multi-million dollar project that will result in cutting edge technology for students at UOIT. As Joe Scarpelli reports, the university is getting financial help from both the provincial and federal governments.
To some, this scene is an inconvenience..causing traffic and lots of dust. To others, it’s the start of a bright future… home of UOIT’s state-of-the-art Software and Informatics Research Centre… a 33.5 million dollar investment with 13 million coming the federal and provincial governments.
Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Whitby MP “It’s not just about making the investment into a building. It is about making an investment in a community. At then end of the day those students need to go out and get jobs and be functioning members of our society. Why not give them that cutting edge, innovative opportunity that they need to really be able to pursue what they want to do.”
Josh Harrington is a fourth year student. He’s already thinking about the impact the investment will have.
“For me, hopefully it means doing my masters in working there and getting access to the technology that we have on campus now and that we’re bringing to campus. It also means a brighter future for UOIT, the incoming students and the possibilities that they will have towards the future.”
The 7600-square-metre building will feature four storeys. The first two will open in the fall of 2017.