TWU receives over 2.6 million in support from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program funding.

Three areas at TWU will benefit from the Knowledge Infrastructure Program.

 

Trinity Western University is extremely pleased to announce that it has received over 2.6 million in infrastructure support from the federal governments through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program or KIP.

In a news release distributed from the Office of the Prime Minister yesterday, KIP in injecting $2-billion in economic stimulus measures that will support infrastructure enhancement at post-secondary institutions across Canada. Trinity Western University has received support for three major projects.

TWU Norma Marion Alloway Library Renovation

A renovation is planned for the 20-year-old Marion Alloway Library, which will support research through improvements to the library's infrastructure. This improvement will include adding more book stacks and compact shelving, renovations and installing an emergency power supply transfer switch.  The amount of the funding awarded from KIP to the renovation was $298,000.00

TWU Information and Communications Technology Infrastructure Upgrade

The planned campus-wide upgrade of TWU's information and communications technology infrastructure will involve increasing the speed and availability of the existing network service, expanding the storage space on servers, and implementing a critical emergency response and mass alert system. It is expected this initiative will facilitate improved student/staff research interactions and faculty collaborations across multiple locations, as the research process becomes increasingly decentralized. The amount of the funding awarded to the upgrade was $661, 000.00.

TWU Neufeld Science Centre Expansion: Construction of Research Laboratories for Biology, Chemistry, and Nursing

The largest TWU project is an addition to the Neufeld Science Centre, which will be a 7,778 square foot wing reserved exclusively for faculty and graduate student research. The new wing will include new chemistry and biology research laboratories, an expanded nursing laboratory and graduate student offices, in addition to ensuring that TWU's sciences research meets federal animal care regulations. The amount of the funding awarded to the expansion was $1, 655,000.00.

TWU Provost Dr. Dennis Jameson explains how the new funding will support TWU. He says, “KIP funding will enhance three critical areas at the heart of TWU's academic operations: its IT infrastructure, science facilities, and the library's capacity.  IT investments are an essential part of every competitive enterprise and additional funding will help to lay a foundation for the achievement of new and greater operational efficiencies and future growth.  Additional science facilities will allow for the update and expansion of laboratories, research space, and teaching facilities in support of faculty and student research in the areas of chronic diseases and aging, preventative health care, sustainable natural agriculture and fisheries.  And the refurbishment and redesign of critical library space will provide for expansion and greater access by researchers.”

For more information on the Knowledge Infrastructure Program visit the Media Centre at the Office of the Prime Minister at www.pm.gc.ca/

Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.

 

Last Updated: 2009-08-07
Author: Erin Mussolum