McMaster awarded $22.57 million from SuperBuild Fund for new projects
[img_inline align=”right” src=”http://padnws01.mcmaster.ca/images/Harvey&Cunningham.jpg” caption=”Harvey Weingarten and Dianne Cunningham “]McMaster University will receive $22.57 million in funding through the province's new SuperBuild Growth Fund.
The funding allocations were announced at McMaster on Feb. 25 by minister of training, colleges and universities Dianne Cunningham. Through the Superbuild Growth Fund, the provincial government will invest $742 million to help universities develop the infrastructure needed to accommodate a projected significant increase in student enrolment over the next 10 years. Of this, $660 million will be spent on new capital projects.
“This is very good news for McMaster and we are delighted by it. These new funds will enable McMaster to help solve the challenges of increased student demand for university spaces and new programs. We will also be better able to meet the future needs of all our students for the highest quality education,” says University Provost and Vice-President Academic Harvey Weingarten.
McMaster will receive $18.53 million to renovate an extensive amount of existing Science, Health Science and Engineering space to create 22 state-of-the-art classrooms and 48 new teaching and research laboratories. This project will create 1,653 new student spaces at McMaster.
It will also receive $4.04 million for Expansion of Business and Arts facilities within existing buildings to provide 26 new classroom and laboratories and additional seminar and project rooms. This project will result in an enrolment increase of 1,146 students in McMaster's School of Business, the Faculties of Social Sciences and Humanities, and the Arts & Science Program.
“This funding will also help to ensure that the University will continue to be a strong economic partner in the Hamilton-Wentworth region,” says Weingarten.