Western Interdisciplinary Research Building

Phase One of the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB)

The Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB) is located next to the Visual Arts parking lot off Perth Drive. This 118,000-square-foot facility serves as the home for the Brain and Mind, BrainsCAN and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, as well as provide five mixed-use general classroom spaces. This is Phase 1 for the building, which houses dry laboratories, teaching and research space, classrooms, public amenities and public space. A portion of building costs for this signature research facility was supported by the federal Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund.

“This new facility will have a major impact on our ability to recruit outstanding researchers, encourage new partnerships and promote new and innovative training opportunities for our students,” ~ John Capone, previous Vice President, Research.

“WIRB is another demonstration of our commitment to investing in interdisciplinary areas of strength, as is articulated in Western’s strategic plan as an institutional priority. The building will significantly increase our capacity to support research teams that draw on the expertise of faculty, staff and students across campus."   ~ Janice Deakin, previous Provost and Vice-President (Academic). 

University officials celebrated the opening of the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB) on April 13, 2018. 

To view all Facilities Management construction updates, visit the Projects & Planning website, as well as Twitter, @westernuFM. 

Video on WIRB Construction

Campus Map of WIRB's Location