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#20090

OMG: Is a 7th Engineering building necessary? Not meant to sound malicious or anything, I'm genuinely curious. Are there facilities the engineers are missing that would warrant another building?

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    1. OP - not jealous, I was just a little confused. A friend had pointed out how many more buildings engineering had over the other faculties and I wondered if it was because the technology was growing so they needed to keep updating their facilities or if they were gaining too many students so they needed another building or something like that.

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  2. Why didn't you just google it?
    https://uwaterloo.ca/news/news/university-waterloo-approves-88-million-engineering-7

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  3. Of course, why not? I am an Arts student and I am proud of the engineering (and all programs) UW has to offer. This is a great school and we should be glad it is expanding no matter which faculty the building will belong to.

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  4. Some would argue that it isn't that something is fundamentally lacking in these programs that they NEED a new building. I'm sure things could continue to operate as is.

    However, if you want to increase enrollment, appeal to top tier prospects, and establish strong business connections, you're going to need to continue to build new facilities. Buildings that are state of the art, can house more students and support research at the frontier.

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    1. Exactly. Engineering is always short on space because it has almost always been expanding faster than the rate new spaces are made available.

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    2. OP here! Thank you - that's all I really wanted to know.

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  5. Yes, there is significant projected growth in the engineering faculty, current facilities are over crowded.

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  6. Just wait for #8 and 9!

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  7. All of the eng buildings are funded by the faculty by sponsorships, grants, and alumni. The majority of the other UW buildings, by contrast, are funded centrally by the school. So it's not even a question of "does engineering need one?" it's more that engineering has the financial capacity to actually build one.

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  8. Did the Engineers in Engineering actually Engineer the new building? Do Engineering and Architecture profs design the university's new buildings? If not, why not? Are they not capable?

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    1. 9, it's not impossible, but it boils down to the fact that the university isn't privately owned, and can't award multi-million dollar contracts for anything (especially construction) as they please. They have to put out a public Request for Proposal and allow whichever contractors wish to bid on the contract.

      In the case of building contracts, the Buildings and Properties Committee of the Board of Governors reviews the proposals and makes the final decision.

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