Students stand to benefit from a $23.4-million cash injection to upgrade and revitalize research labs at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering.

At yesterday’s announcement, third-year engineering student Darshni Pillay said the upgrades to the school’s facilities, which were built back in the 1970s, will make a big difference to students in their quest towards graduation.

“Having comfortable classrooms, modern labs, and places that we can meet socially and also study helps us meet our goals,” said Pillay.

In addition to $14.4 million in funding from the provincial government, the U of C was awarded $9 million from the federal government for the upgrades.

“By investing in our post-secondary institutions, we are stimulating our economy, creating jobs and ensuring long-term prosperity for our future,” said federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice.