New 130 million green pavilion inaugurated at the University of Ottawa This new 220,000-square-foot structure, located between the Rideau River and the campus athletic facilities, will bring together the majority of Ud’O’s health sciences programs.
Thus, the faculties of nursing sciences, nutritional sciences, physical activity sciences and rehabilitation sciences meet there, as well as the interdisciplinary Faculty of Health Sciences.
The objective of this merger is to better train and equip professionals for the labor market, says the dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Lucie Thibault.
“It’s a big advantage that the schools are on the same campus,” he says. Before, health programs were somewhat dispersed in each building. When we work in the healthcare sector, we work as a team. By bringing students together, professional collaboration begins before they even enter the workforce. Promotes the quality of learning.”
Radia El Iraki, a fourth-year Food Science student, welcomes the decision to bring all of these programs together at 200 Lees Avenue.
“This shows us that we are important in the eyes of the school,” he says. There is a lot more support now that we are all under one roof. In the community, all these professionals can be asked to collaborate.”
Gathered on the sidelines of the building’s inauguration press conference, simulation center director Nathalie St-Jacques Farha struggled to hide her excitement at her new facilities, inspired by the realities of the hospital environment.
“It facilitates learning in a safe environment. Students can make mistakes so as not to repeat them in the clinic. Increase your confidence. “With this state-of-the-art equipment we can really stimulate any situation.”
Construction of the $130 million building took just under two years. In addition to its multidisciplinary aspect, the building stands out for its ecological aspect.
According to the leaders of the Ud’O, the structural energy needs would be half of those of any other building of the university institution.
This reality is possible thanks to the LEED platinum certification obtained after the use of ecological practices and techniques that exceed common construction standards.
During the passage of the Droit, the ecological aspect of the premises could be observed especially in a control room. The lights went out several times, without warning, during the opening day.
That’s because the lights automatically turn off after one minute of inactivity to save energy, we learned.
Hope for the future
Questionnée à know if the pénurie de main-d’œuvre nationale en santé était source d’inquiétude, malgré la mise sur pied de ce nouveau pavillon multidisciplinaire, la professeure agrégée de l’École des sciences infirmières, Michèle Lalonde, croit plutôt en la relief.
“It’s a difficult work environment, but I see hope for the students. They hope to contribute to the well-being of patients. There is a little anxiety, but that doesn’t stop them.”
It also highlights that admissions for health programs are full for the current school year.