Medical program building site confirmed
The proposed new Island Medical Program building on
campus will go ahead as planned and on schedule. By an overwhelming
majority at its Nov. 22 meeting, the campus development committee
(CDC) confirmed its earlier recommendation that the building be
located beside the Cunningham Building when construction starts
The Cunningham site had originally been recommended
by the 25-member committee in April and a building design for the
site had been approved in September. In response to concerns expressed
by some members of the university community about the location of
the building in the wooded area beside Cunningham, the committee
conducted a review of the proposed site following its Nov. 1 meeting.
The decision to confirm the Cunningham site was made after examining
the academic program requirements, location options, environmental
concerns, and design commitments for the building.
The Island Medical Program is the UVic part of a collaborative
initiative with the UBC faculty of medicine and UNBC that will address
the critical shortage of physicians across B.C., particularly in
remote communities and small urban centres. The first intake of
students at UVic will be in January, 2005. Ninety-six students will
be enrolled once the program is operating at full capacity.
The new building will contain anatomy, pathology and
other labs needed for students to complete the first two years of
their medical degrees. It will also include office and research
lab space for faculty, and for physicians interested in collaborative
research, as well as seminar rooms, lecture theatres and a computer
The building site was chosen for its proximity to the
Cunningham Building to allow the sharing of resources and equipment.
The $11.9 million three-storey building will be ready for occupancy
in October, 2004. The building footprint will encompass less than
10 per cent of the surrounding wooded area.