Render of the future I3R installation.
Site preparation has started for the future center of the Institute for Integrative and Innovative Research (I3R), the University of Alberta’s newest interdisciplinary research center.
This work phase, officially called the habilitation phase, will take place around the Nanoscience building and in lot 71. Most of the construction is focused on adding public services for the future institute and will include the extension of the tunnels. of existing utilities, extension of electrical services for Nanosciences and new I3R buildings, supplying chilled water to the site and cleaning some of the existing utilities. The enabling phase will end with minor landscaping work before the official start of construction of the I3R facility.
People who park in lot 71 will be affected by this project starting with reduced parking followed by complete closure of the lot after the first of the year. Transit and Parking has already notified licensees and offered options for other parking arrangements. Additional reminders will be sent to permit holders before the lot closes.
The occupants of the Nanoscience building are likely to notice some impacts, including noise and vibrations during the work. The work will also require brief planned power and water cuts, which will be coordinated to help minimize disruption.
Information regarding the official inauguration of the new I3R facility will be provided at a later date.
This phase of work on the site should be completed this spring. Updates to the new I3R facility and other campus projects are available on the Facilities Management website.
Institute for integrative and innovative research
Funded by a grant from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation, the new institute will provide the campus with interdisciplinary research capabilities and enhanced resources for State University researchers. The facility will focus on five areas that fall under the university’s flagship research areas: food and technology, data science, materials science and engineering, bioscience and bioengineering research in systems metabolism and neuroscience. integrative. The I3R building is expected to open in 2024.
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