From its bright classrooms, open collaboration spaces, and state-of-the-art laboratories, UPEI's School of Sustainable Design Engineering exemplifies every concept of sustainable design.
UPEI's School of Sustainable Design Engineering is housed in a cutting-edge 78,000 square-foot facility specifically designed to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry–university collaboration. The groundbreaking ceremony was held in December 2014 and the new building was officially opened less than two years later, in August 2016.
Designed to enhance the student-learning experience, the new building represents a move away from the traditional classroom and includes design studios, ideation spaces, state-of-the-art assembly labs, and a design competition centre. Individual project bays support the school's team-focused, project-based approach to engineering education and immerse students in a realistic engineering design environment.
Student design teams are able to prototype their designs in the Centre for Advanced Manufacturing: an integrated digital fabrication laboratory incorporating the latest in advanced manufacturing technologies. The building is home to four other Research Centres of Excellence that bring industry, faculty, staff and students together to work on a wide range of industrial R & D projects: Robotics and Industrial Automation; Sustainable Energy; Bioresources and Food Processing; and Sensors, Optics and Imaging.