The Vancouver Island University's $30-million Cowichan campus opened recently with a ceremony that celebrated the area's history and the recently finished construction, according to the Victoria Times Colonist.
Once home to the Cowichan Exhibition, the new campus was designed to house both the university buildings and the old First Nation exhibits and artifacts. The three-story campus facility is 45 percent larger than the previous structure, reported the news source.
The new facility is located next to the Cowichan River, and was opened after 15 years of deliberation and construction.
"It's really geared toward the student, I find. Everything is structured so clearly for the student," a graduate student told the Times Colonist.
The new building will feature a range of sustainable and green technologies to help the university achieve low levels of energy consumption, including ultra-low plumbing fixtures and a radiant heating system, according to the news source.
Radiant heating systems work well in large buildings, as the technology helps to spread the warmth out evenly. The temperature difference between the floor and ceiling is only two-to-three degrees.