"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit."
Learning and Innovation Centre (LIC)
The Learning and Innovation Centre (LIC) at Royal Roads University embodies the university's commitment to sustainable learning and living. With views of the surrounding old growth forest and Pacific Ocean, classes within the building use the latest in technology to give students and faculty the opportunity to reach beyond the classroom walls and connect on a global level.
With 33 breakout rooms, seven classrooms, five computer labs and social spaces, the building spans 5,781 square metres over four floors. The 4th floor's Centre for Dialogue incorporates high-end technology to support Royal Roads' outreach and participation in globally significant dialogue and learning opportunities.
The building was built to LEED Gold standards. Official LEED designation is under review with approval expected in 2012.
- Innovative water technologies, for example, collection of non-potable water to be reused for toilets and irrigation, will result in water savings estimated at 1.7 million litres per year
- 95 per cent of construction wastes diverted from landfill
- Efficient natural gas heating system (can easily be converted to district energy system)
- Solar hot water system
- Energy performance to be optimized through the atrium, with "chimney effect" ventilation
- High indoor air quality standards
- Low emitting materials and locally extracted/manufactured resources used in construction
- High-efficiency lighting with auto sensors
- 75 per cent of the roof is highly reflective thereby reducing heat absorption
- Landscaping features native species and uses a water-efficient irrigation system
- Alternative transportation options promoted by adjacency to public transportation and construction of bicycle parking and showers
The Centre for Dialogue has a 30-foot screen and offers a wide range of podcasting tools, wikis and wiki tutorials, as well as software for multimedia presentations and simultaneous language interpretation
- Five computer labs: two for on-site research/teaching, and three for virtual research/teaching
- The on-site computer labs consist of a 60-seat PC lab and a seven-seat Mac media lab
- All computer labs have an extensive suite of software
- Three virtual education labs have interactive communications technologies and multimedia presentation capabilities
- State-of-the-art video conferencing, including two 60-inch LCD displays
- Wireless internet access throughout the building
- $15 million provided by the B.C. government
- $5.1 million secured through the federal Knowledge Infrastructure Program
Read about the LIC under construction.