Lakehead University Orillia Showcases Campus at Open Doors – Open Knowledge Event

(November 10, 2011 – Orillia, ON) Lakehead University joined more than 50 universities across Canada this week to celebrate the success of the federal government’s Knowledge Infrastructure program (KIP) which strengthened Canada’s research, innovation, and education capacity in ways that will benefit Canadians for generations to come.

Today, at its Orillia campus, Lakehead University hosted an Open Doors - Open Knowledge event to acknowledge the receipt of $13 million in federal funding under the KIP program for the construction of its Academic Building at 500 University Avenue.

The Academic Building, which opened in September 2010, was designed to meet LEED® platinum standards and this year received an Ontario Association of Architects 2011 Design Excellence Award.

“The leadership and commitment by the federal government to support Lakehead University’s Orillia campus is the reason we are here today,” said Lakehead President Dr. Brian Stevenson. “The future of our students is brighter as a direct result of this investment. Our students in Orillia now have the laboratories, libraries, and learning environments that provide them with enhanced skills for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”

Lakehead University President Dr. Brian Stevenson (l) with Bruce Stanton, MP Simcoe North, at the Open Doors - Open Knowledge event held at the University Avenue campus in Orillia on November 10, 2011

Stevenson thanked the efforts of those involved in the KIP funding, including Bruce Stanton, MP Simcoe North, The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, Garfield Dunlop, MPP Simcoe North, and the many other key supporters who worked behind the scenes to make the project successful.

“This investment by the Government of Canada has contributed to the growth of this wonderful University, now with over 1,100 students at its Orillia campus. Lakehead University has enhanced our community on many levels and will continue to provide economic and social benefits for years to come,” said Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton.

Orillia Campus Dean Dr. Kim Fedderson welcomed guests to the celebration, including Mayor of Orillia Angelo Orsi, Lakehead students, faculty, staff, and community members.

The week-long celebrations taking place across the country from November 4-13 are an initiative of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

Following the official presentation, visitors to the campus toured the energy efficient Academic Building, viewed displays showcasing the learning commons, library, academic programs, and research projects, and enjoyed refreshments served in the cafeteria/bookstore complex.

Lakehead’s newly constructed campus in Orillia located on University Avenue is designed and built to meet Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED®) standards as endorsed by the Canadian Green Council of Canada. Since the opening of the Academic Building in September 2010, two other buildings designed to meet (LEED®) standards have opened – a 271-bed residence and a cafeteria/bookstore complex.

The LEED® certification system recognizes performance in five key areas including sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality. One of the more distinct and noticeable features of Lakehead’s Academic Building is its green roof. Over 50% of the roof is covered with a natural ground cover, which acts as a cooling agent and helps manage runoff.

The Academic Building also uses a geothermal heating system. Over 130 holes were drilled to a depth of 300 feet in order to take advantage of the heat stored below the surface of the earth. Another key and environmentally focused element of the building is its unique rain-water retention pond that collects water for use in the building’s non-potable water functions.

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About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for a multidisciplinary teaching approach that emphasizes collaborative learning and independent critical thinking. Over 8,280 students and 2,000 faculty and staff learn and work at campuses located in Orillia, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, which is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. Lakehead University promotes innovative research that supports local and regional socio-economic needs. In Orillia, development continues on building a campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards

About KIP
The Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) was launched as part of the federal government’s Economic Action Plan in 2009, a $2 billion initiative to support infrastructure enhancements in postsecondary institutions. The federal government contributed $1.3 billion and together with provincial and other sources a total of $3.2 billion was invested in university campuses across the country. For more information about KIP visit 696.nsf/eng/home

About AUCC
As the national voice for Canadian universities, the AUCC represents 95 public and private not-for-profit universities and university degree-level colleges. AUCC is a membership organization providing university presidents with a unified voice and a forum for collective action. AUCC has represented the interests of Canadian universities since 1911. For more information about the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, visit

Last updated November 16, 2011

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