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Laurier celebrates Global Innovation Exchange groundbreaking
May 17/13| For Immediate Release
Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
WATERLOO Ė With ceremonial shovels in the ground and sights set on the future, provincial government and Wilfrid Laurier University officials marked the construction start of the Global Innovation Exchange (GIE) building on University Avenue at Laurierís Waterloo campus. The May 17 groundbreaking event celebrated the $103-million future home of Laurierís School of Business and Economics and Department of Mathematics, which received a $72.6-million investment from the Ontario government in 2011.
John Milloy, minister of Government Services; Max Blouw, Laurier president and vice-chancellor; MicheŠl Kelly, dean of Laurierís School of Business and Economics; and Paul Jessop, dean of Laurierís Faculty of Science broke ground following formal remarks on site.†
ďThe Global Innovation Exchange is an exciting step forward in Wilfrid Laurier Universityís service and contributions in the City of Waterloo,Ē said Blouw. ďAs the name implies, it will connect Laurier and our region increasingly to the global community, and it will be a tangible expression of the commitment of Laurier faculty, staff and students to global outreach, innovation and excellence.Ē†
The provincial governmentís investment in the GIE is the largest single capital investment in Laurierís history and signals the provinceís confidence in the calibre of teaching and research at Laurier.
"Ontario is putting students first by creating more opportunities at our colleges and universities so we can build the skilled and knowledgeable workforce needed for the global economy," said Milloy. "Our governmentís investment in the new Global Innovation Exchange will help Wilfrid Laurierís mathematics, business and economics students succeed in the future, while creating good jobs today."
Housing the School of Business and Economics and the Department of Mathematics in the GIE will allow Laurier to meet the growing demand for enrolment in these programs and expand the universityís ability to deliver integrated and engaged learning opportunities to students locally and globally. It will also enhance the synergies between Laurierís Business and Applied and Financial Math programs and represent Laurierís leadership role in business and technology.
The 215,000 s.f. building is designed to present a bold, forward-looking presence on University Avenue. The facility design boasts four storeys, a 1,000-seat auditorium, a four-storey atrium, lecture halls including a 300-seat circular lecture hall, and a Finance Research Lab with real-time trading facilities and Bloomberg terminals.
The GIE was designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects and David Thompson Architect. It is scheduled to open for classes in Fall 2015. For more information about the GIE, including artistís renderings and floor plans, please visit www.wlu.ca/GIE.