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UWindsor is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex to produce the first 3D-printed residential homes in CanadaUWindsor is partnering with Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex to produce the first 3D-printed residential homes in Canada

UWindsor partners with Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex to produce first 3D-printed residential homes in Canada

A team of researchers from the University of Windsor’s Centre for Engineering Innovation has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex to build Canada’s first 3D-printed homes for residential use. 


“Habitat for Humanity believes everyone has the right to a safe, decent, affordable place to live,” says Fiona Coughlin, executive director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex. “As this cutting-edge technology is evolving, we are excited to partner with the University of Windsor to find ways to provide housing solutions in our community.” 

Coughlin notes that current building codes in Canada are not written with these novel 3D-printing technologies in mind. One of the goals of the project is to design a 3D-printed home that meets residential building code requirements and produce landmark precedents for future practices in cost-effective and environmentally sustainable home construction across the country. 

Civil engineering professor and University of Windsor project lead, Dr. Sreekanta Das, says the project will help address a vital need for a more affordable and environmentally sustainable housing market. He, alongside a team of engineering graduate students and laboratory technicians, will 3D print concrete segments on a large-scale, industrial printer in the university’s Structural Engineering Testing Lab — one of the largest and tallest in Canada — and test them exhaustively for strength, sustainability and durability to ensure they’re safe for residential use. 

“Traditional concrete construction requires more materials,” Das says. “Panels, usually made of wood, are used to create enclosures into which concrete can be poured to form a mold. With 3D printing, the need for panels is eliminated, eventually making construction much cheaper and faster.” 

Das says 3D-printed construction also significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions generated by the construction industry. A house can be printed with as little as three people within a significantly shorter timeframe and at a much lower cost. He estimates that once these construction processes are perfected, multiple homes can be printed within a few days. 

The team is setting its sights on completing four 3D-printed, residential homes for Windsor-Essex community members in need by April 1, 2022. 

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University to open its door during Open Streets

UWindsor will open its doors to the public this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during Open Streets Windsor – an annual event connecting neighbourhoods and people around the community.

The eight-kilometre Open Streets route, spanning neighbourhoods from the west end to the east, will temporarily close street to traffic to allow people to enjoy the diversity of their community on foot.

The University will offer the following free events to the public:

·        Athletics and Recreation will run fitness classes every hour featuring,

o   Morning flow yoga at 10:15 a.m.

o   Body weight HIIT at 11 a.m.

o   Cardio Combat at 12:15 p.m.

o   No equipment/no problem at 1 p.m.

·        The Faculty of Science will encourage the public to make its own catapults and microscope stands at Let’s Talk Science;

·        The Faculty of Engineering will engage visitors with demonstrations of a mechanical robotic arm, model bridge, wind turbine, and more;

·         Centre for Cities, Student Recruitment and Education will be on hand with information tables; and

·        SoCA at the downtown Windsor campus will present Creative City, a collaborative art project inviting people to come together to create a model city using cardboard boxes.


Patrick Lauzon, grand prize winner in the Get Social About the JabPatrick Lauzon, grand prize winner in the Get Social About the Jab

Big Payoff for Jab Contest Winner Marks Conclusion of Vax Campaign

A third-year mechanical engineering student has won the grand prize of a $3,000 tuition voucher in the Get Social About the Jab to Win contest. The contest was a highlight of the Take a Jab vaccination campaign initiated by the University of Windsor in July. 


Winner Patrick Lauzon says he has an autoimmune condition and wanted to protect himself with the vaccine as soon as he could. 

“I also want to play my part in helping to defeat COVID. This has been a thing that has taken people’s lives, hurt people’s businesses, and also hurt people’s social lives.” 

University of Windsor President and Vice-Chancellor Robert Gordon, said the campaign was a broad one with a focus not only on the on-campus community, but extending to the University’s west-end neighbourhood and beyond. 


“Because COVID has had such a significant impact on our region we felt it was important to take a leadership role in helping our community increase overall vaccination rates. Our campus is not only vital to our students, faculty, and staff, but efforts have been made available throughout the pandemic to lessen COVID’s impact on our entire community.” 


The campaign featured a robust online component featuring University of Windsor students and faculty members engaging in question and answer sessions, as well as information on community resources, vaccination clinics in the area, and a frequently asked questions section.  


As well, a series of on-campus clinics supported by community health partners brought easy vaccine access not only to the campus community but to everyone in the area. 


A highlight of the campaign was the Get Social about the Jab to Win contest. Now closed, it offered prizes worth a total of more than $17,000 for UWindsor students, staff, and faculty who shared their stories about the fight against COVID-19. 


Dr. Gordon said he was pleased to see so many members of the campus community willing to share their reasons for being vaccinated. 


“We heard some really important, and often poignant stories about the human impact of COVID-19, but we also heard a lot of encouraging news from students, faculty, and staff who not only took the initiative to be vaccinated themselves but made the effort to get involved and bring that message to their community.”

Roseann O’Reilly RunteThe president of the Canada Foundation for Innovation will discuss how to build back better from the pandemic in a lecture on Thursday, Oct. 7.

“Building back even better” theme of public presentation

The president of the Canada Foundation for Innovation will discuss how to build back better from the pandemic in a lecture on Thursday, Oct. 7.

interior of the John Muir LibraryDesign of the John Muir Library has won an award for conservation architecture from the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals for architect Jason Grossi.

National heritage association praises library architecture

UWindsor professor Jason Grossi has won a national award for conservation architecture for his design of the John Muir Library.