December 19, 2016

To all Members of the Carleton Community,

The federal and provincial governments announced $26.4 million in funding to support two Carleton infrastructure projects on Nov. 7, 2016.

The funds included money for energy retrofits and modernizing Carleton facilities. A major commitment was made to renovating the Life Sciences Research Building, which will house the new Institute of Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE).

Carleton is also investing $23.5 million, resulting in a total $49.9 million in campus upgrades.

The infrastructure funds were awarded as a result of a competitive process open to universities across Canada. The government’s announcement of these funds was under strict embargo and could not be shared with our campus community until the announcement date. The university is fortunate that its application was successful and welcomes these generous new investments.

To accommodate renovations to the Life Sciences Research Building, on Nov. 30 it was announced that the core section of the Neuroscience Department’s research activities will temporarily relocate to the University of Ottawa, where space has been secured until the construction of the new Health Sciences Building is complete in August 2017. The new building, currently under construction and scheduled for completion this summer, will house health-related programming, including neuroscience. The cost for this project is being covered entirely by Carleton and it is a strategic investment in our future programming.

The temporary move of neuroscience will occur by March 1, 2017 so that Life Sciences renovations can start and end on time.

Delaying renovations or refusing the government money we have been awarded for that purpose are not options. Government partners have established deadlines for all grant recipients to complete their projects. These grants are intended to boost the local economy during this year. In the end, the building will meet the needs of generations of students as a hub of applied research and innovation in smart environment technologies.

The Health Sciences Building will also become an integral part of our campus – a new home for our growing and popular health-related programs that will continue to attract top students, faculty and staff for years to come.

Carleton is working to address project and research needs of the Neuroscience Department to the maximum extent possible. Since the announcement, the university has been meeting with department and program representatives, as well as faculty, to better understand requirements.

Researchers and senior students engaged in research are also being asked to define their specific individual needs and co-operate in the planning process. Students are encouraged to work closely with their supervisors in planning the moves.

Project managers have been appointed to minimize any disruption by developing a detailed relocation plan and identify needs for various projects underway. Appropriately licensed companies will transport equipment with the greatest care.

The temporary space at the University of Ottawa fulfills core research requirements and provides access to a number of services. We are securing other offices and laboratory space at various locations, including on the Carleton campus. We will also secure transportation for staff and researchers.

Faculty and staff at the University of Ottawa are co-operating fully to ensure Carleton’s needs are met, as are other community partners.

I will continue to update the community as details of the planning are available.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Roseann O’Reilly Runte
President and Vice-Chancellor

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