New home for Sudbury Laurentian engineer labs – by Harold Carmichael (Sudbury Star – September 11, 2018)

A building that was badly needed at Laurentian University is now open for business. The Cliff Fielding Research, Innovation and Engineering Building will also be the new home of the Bharti School of Engineering which had previously operated in the nearby Fraser and Science buildings.

“It wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination to say space was tight,” Markus Timusk, the school’s director said at a press conference Monday to officially open the new building. “We had students with projects in the trunks of their cars … We finally have a space that lives up to the potential of our students and faculty.” Funding for the new facility was all lined up in a whirlwind 18-day span in the spring of 2016.

Located in Founders’ Square between the Parker and Fraser buildings on the Sudbury campus, the 60,000-square-foot building will house all engineering labs, offering four capstone innovation labs, a material analysis lab, environmental and soil mechanics lab, prototype development and machine shop, integrated software lab, a hydraulics and fluid mechanics lab, and a lecture theatre, with space to eventually add a full civil engineering program.

The building is also home to a collaborative research hub for the 14 research centres on campus, the Jim Fielding Innovation and Commercialization space, and the state-of-the-art Norinne E. Perdue Analytical Facility for industry and academics alike.

The $30-million project was made possible by $27.4 million in federal and provincial funding, while private donors provided additional funds. A $3-million donation by Lily Fielding and her family was recognized by the naming of the building. A $1-million donation by the Perdue family was recognized by the naming of the university’s new research and development centre located in the building.

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