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  • Tessa Bousfield posted an article
    The building’s official opening is Sept. 7. see more

    Source: Times Colonist
    Author: Carla Wilson

    Royal Roads blends old and new in environmental science campus

    In just a few weeks, students and faculty will be filling the new $24.8-million Centre for Environmental Science and International Partnership at Royal Roads University. Classes start Sept. 4. Staff and faculty are moving in now and workers are taking care of finishing touches. The building’s official opening is Sept. 7.

    This is the latest project at Royal Roads, where the old garage and stables in the Mews, once used by the Dunsmuir family, has been converted for its new role. The project covers 51,666 square feet, with its new contemporary styled south-wing addition of 18,503 square feet.

    The facility includes three new state-of-the-art laboratories.

    Each classroom and common area has the latest audio/visual and information technology.

    “That means faster and more secure internet connectivity throughout, as well as a faster and more secure IT infrastructure in each classroom to allow students and instructors to easily share large documents and video files from any of their personal devices to in-class screens and projectors, to each other and to the cloud,” Carolyn Levesque, Royal Roads senior portfolio director, who oversees all capital projects, said in a statement.

    “Each classroom will also have the IT capability to host and participate in livestream online video conferencing to interact with students in other classrooms or even other institutions, locally, nationally or internationally.”

    The new Terry Power Strategic and Advanced International Studies outdoor classroom is an open-concept space next to the new development. It has been built with natural materials, including all-weather seating areas for up to 50 students, Levesque said.

    On-campus undergraduate programs in fields such as environmental science, tourism, business and international student programs will be using the building, which includes open spaces where students can meet.

    Several environmental features were incorporated:

    • It will have lower energy and emissions output than the smaller original Mews. Royal Roads anticipates saving 1,230 gigajoules in energy and expects to reduce by 44 tonnes of total carbon emissions annually. That accounts for about three per cent of the university’s total target of cutting greenhouse gases by 33 per cent, the school said in a statement.

    • “Smart glass” has been used because it adjusts its tint to block glare, ultraviolet radiation and solar overheating of spaces. It will also help reduce the numbers of birds flying into windows, the statement said.

    • Motion-controlled lights turn on only when people are using a space and half of the building’s electrical outlets will also turn off when a space is unoccupied, in order to cut down on wasted electricity. And CO2 sensors ensure that mechanical ventilation is activated only when spaces are occupied.

    • LED lights — more efficient than fluorescents — are used indoors and outdoors.

    • Outdoor lights have shields around them and direct their beams downward to avoid sending light pollution into the night sky.

    • Upgraded insulation means less heating and cooling will be needed to maintain indoor temperatures.

    • Nearly 60 per cent of the total floor area is made up of the existing wood-frame structure.

    • Water-bottle refill stations were installed to reduce one-time plastic water bottle use.

    • There are six electric vehicle chargers in nearby parking areas, along with bike racks, shelters and showers.

    The $24.8-million cost includes construction, new equipment, high-tech infrastructure, furniture and native plant lanscaping. Funding came from the federal government, the province, philanthropist Sherman Jen and from the university.

    The two-storey Mews is a federally recognized heritage building. It stands southwest of Hatley Castle on the Hatley Castle National Historic Site, which stands out near Esquimalt Lagoon.

    Built in the early 1900s for industrialist James Dunsmuir who inherited his family’s coal fortune, Hatley Castle is a landmark in Colwood. It was constructed in a Tudor Revival design by architect Samuel Maclure. The Dunsmuir family lived on the property of more than 560 acres until 1937.

    The property was purchased by the Department of National Defence in 1940 and it served as Royal Roads Military College. Royal Roads University was founded in 1995.

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    2 major post-secondary institutions have adopted EasyAnatomy, the company's groundbreaking... see more

    Two major post-secondary institutions have adopted EasyAnatomy, the company's groundbreaking veterinary education software.

    Victoria, BC (August 18, 2016) LlamaZOO Interactive Inc. is pleased to announce two major post-secondary institutions have adopted EasyAnatomy, the company's ground-breaking veterinary education software. This announcement comes as LlamaZOO Interactive has been selected by Microsoft as a "first wave" developer for its new Hololens augmented reality platform, and continues to demonstrate how 3D can be used in education.

    EasyAnatomy borrows strategies from cognitive neuroscience to update course materials, in real time, according to the needs of the learner.  Students’ performance is analyzed to create individualized quizzes, increasing study time efficiency.

    "EasyAnatomy is a truly innovative EdTech software product that promises to revolutionize post-secondary education for both students and educators, for a variety of subjects" said LlamaZOO co-founder and CEO Charles Lavigne. "Students can now study the complexities of animal anatomy in 3D, online, anywhere and at any time. With the early promise of how virtual and augmented reality can benefit education, we’re excited to continue to advance the product and innovate in the space.”

    The University of Pennsylvania, home of the oldest medical school in North America and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, also one of the oldest school of its kind in Canada, will provide their students and faculty with EasyAnatomy. The interactive software incorporates MRI and CT scans into its detailed 3D models of animal anatomy and is available to anyone with an online subscription.

    "Anatomy has always been a difficult subject to learn and teach. EasyAnatomy is a novel tool that allows students to explore and understand anatomy in a way that's never been possible before," says Dr. Chris Clark, an Associate Dean at Western College of Veterinary Medicine. "We're excited students and faculty can take advantage of this revolutionary software."

    The two new major customers have signed on as LlamaZOO Interactive prepares to successfully end beta development of EasyAnatomy and start offering the EdTech software in app stores and via the LlamaZOO Interactive website.

    "We're really excited that two of the oldest and most prestigious medical and veterinary schools in North America have decided to adopt EasyAnatomy," said Kevin Oke, LlamaZOO Interactive co-founder and Vice President of Sales. "These two new customers, plus the prestige of being selected as a developer for Microsoft's new Hololens project, provide strong validation of how EasyAnatomy promises to transform post-secondary learning. We will continue to refine, develop and add value to EasyAnatomy going forward."

    About LlamaZOO Interactive Inc.

    LlamaZOO Interactive was co-founded in 2014 by video game industry veterans Charles Lavigne and Kevin Oke, and was quickly accepted in the VIATEC Accelerator program that fosters successful technology startups in Victoria, BC. The company continues to grow at a rapid pace and is currently recruiting developers for a number of positions, with the intent on delivering highly engaging, interactive, and meaningful educational content to iOS/Android, Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed reality devices.

     

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