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Friday May 31st, 2013

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University of Windsor staff and community leaders gathered this morning to officially open the Ed Lumley Centre for Engineering Innovation.

The $112 million, 300,000 sq. foot structure was built on the site of Prince of Wales elementary school and took nearly three years to complete.

The CEI was open to students in September 2012 and represents the largest capital investment in the University’s history. Construction of the building was supported by $40 million in funding from the government of Ontario, with matching funds from the federal government, as well as $5.3 million raised at a roast to pay tribute to the Honourable Ed Lumley, P.C., the University’s chancellor for whom the building is named. A $2.5-million gift from BMO Financial Group to fund the BMO Collaborative Learning Forum was the largest single gift made to the new facility.

Designed for the 21st-Century—with more classrooms and meeting rooms, expanded laboratory facilities, and the latest technological tools—the CEI greatly enhances the student experience at UWindsor and has transformed the Faculty of Engineering. Its innovative Industrial Courtyard provides a fertile ground for joint industry/university research projects, creating a direct connection among education, research, and industrial innovation.

The CEI is a “living building” that is wired for student study—bringing engineering to life through real-time monitoring of the expansive green roof, cross-atrium bridges and HVAC performance.

“Innovation is a priority ingredient in productivity, and productivity is the key to our economic prosperity. This facility provides an outstanding foundation for faculty researchers and industry alike. The Industrial Courtyard is key to these collaborative opportunities and gives industry a unique opportunity to work directly with the grassroots ideas and innovative thinking emerging researchers and students have to offer. Today is not only an exciting day for the University, but it’s a day of opportunity and growth for the community and the industries who will find their next great ideas within its walls.” said Chancellor Lumley.

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