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Winnipeg | Red River College | Innovation Centre Exchange District campus | On Hold

Red River College unveil plan for $95M Innovation Centre at Exchange District campus
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manito...lgin-1.4086516

Currently on hold as funding is renegotiated

http://media.rrc.ca/2018/03/red-rive...vation-centre/

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The new Innovation Centre that Red River College is building in Winnipeg’s Exchange District has been making headlines recently but for all the wrong reasons.

The Winnipeg Free Press has covered extensively the uncertainty this crucial project is facing due to unrealistic construction deadlines set by the federal government. Despite raising alarm bells with Ottawa in recent weeks and months, RRC is still waiting for a resolution.

This is unfortunate because the better story is what the new Centre will bring to our city and our province – what it will mean to the students it will serve; to the surrounding cluster of start-ups and leading edge industries in Innovation Alley; and to the unique, urban ‘gem’ the revitalized Exchange District is quickly becoming.

The $95 million, 100,000-square-foot Innovation Centre, announced last April, is merely Red River’s latest contribution to the ongoing revitalization of our historic Exchange District.
It started 15 years ago when RRC took a risk and opened its first building on Princess Street, bringing 2,000 students, faculty and staff downtown and creating a catalyst for the renaissance that has been taking place in this iconic neighborhood ever since.
Red River College’s new Innovation Centre. (Renderings by Diamond Schmitt Architects)










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I think this project will be a huge boost for the area and the RRC campus im confident they will work out the funding debacle timeline. I like the overall design although im not sure about the colourfulness of the building, will be interesting to see how it turns out, like anything the materials used will more than likely make or break the overall ascetic look.
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I really like how it looks, but $95 million seems pricy for a 4 storey building. That's roughly 1/3 the cost of Manitoba Hydro Place which is far bigger, and is generally considered a no-expense-spared technologically advanced high end tower. I'm not sure if the cost is high due to the building's purpose, or if there's some other reason?

But that said, I hope the players involved can find a way to get it built.
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i really hope they're not actually including a raised ped way.. please keep those out of the exchange
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i really hope they're not actually including a raised ped way.. please keep those out of the exchange
I was thinking the same thing, that has to go.
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i really hope they're not actually including a raised ped way.. please keep those out of the exchange
If you intend to have students attend classes in both buildings, with laptops/books, I can see the value of having that there. And it would likely be nice to keep students inside when the school is open after midnight for safety reasons.

This RRC building is a bit unique in that its a brand new construction (not a reno of a heritage building), and theres nothing else of value on that street.
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Hadn't seen all those other renderings before – it's absolutely gorgeous. Would be a damn shame if it doesn't get built like that.

A lot of the reason for the price is what the building itself entails – it's going to a have a ton of cutting edge, high-end equipment for the programs it houses, and would make RRC one of the best in the country in those regards. Also so I hear, much like they did with the new building at NDC, the building technologies themselves will be heavily integrated and linked to the programs within (ie: high-tech, IT-forward building to show students real life applications of their studies).

I love the colours in the design – they're kind of like a more bold, modern play on lots of the greens and reds you see on heritage buildings in the area (and on Roblin Centre). Don't forget, it won't look that out of place once all the new Marketlands buildings start coming along.

In terms of the skywalk, I'm impartial. Would rather not have skywalks in The Exchange, but as someone who went to the RRC Princess campus and dealt with the tight security, I could see why it's wanted. I'd rather see the 4-storey atrium continued over the street like at the convention centre though That'd be stunning.
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Work on this project is quietly continuing on behind the scenes.


.....not really on hold.
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Good to hear, kinda figured that'd be the case. If the school has already decided that this is a building needed to maintain/expand certain programs, and it's really just a formality issue with the gov, I'm sure they'll figure out a way to proceed.
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Good to know, the bigger the campus the better for the exchange and another beautiful building.
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And it would really help connect the area to all those new developments on Ross.
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As an employee of RRC I can say with confidence that we are in fact continuing to move forward with the construction of this facility.

And other than for security and protection from the elements the raised walkway also provides transportation and delivery of items by hand cart back and forth between the 2 buildings.
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The walkway should go underground
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The walkway should go underground
I realize this may be a somewhat provocative comment, but I wonder if the underground connection between the PSB and the City Hall/Centennial Centre underground passage will continue to exist once the PSB site is redeveloped?

If so, an underground RRC walkway would only need to cross Princess St to link up with that corridor, and then you'd be able to go underground from the new RRC building on Elgin all the way to the Manitoba Museum and Centennial Concert Hall.
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The walkway should go underground
Agreed – there's no place for a skywalk in the Exchange, especially between heritage buildings. Either underground or nothing.

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I realize this may be a somewhat provocative comment, but I wonder if the underground connection between the PSB and the City Hall/Centennial Centre underground passage will continue to exist once the PSB site is redeveloped?

If so, an underground RRC walkway would only need to cross Princess St to link up with that corridor, and then you'd be able to go underground from the new RRC building on Elgin all the way to the Manitoba Museum and Centennial Concert Hall.
I believe there was some language in the Marketlands planning docs about making use of and even improving on the underground connections in the Exchange. Make them more accessible to the public and brighten them up a bit. All the sidewalk art and branding for this Marketlands project was taken from the existing art designs in the underground system stemming from City Hall.
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^ I never noticed the connection before (no pun intended) between the tunnel and the graphic design for Marketlands, but now that you mention it, it makes sense.

The underground passage between City Hall and the Centennial Centre is kind of narrow and awkward but it's still useful. It's funny, because the underground corridor within City Hall itself is this beautiful wide sweeping passage, but it leads into this dank little tunnel.

This is a good idea from wpg_guy... if RRC has to build a grade separation, then put it underground and link it up with the existing passageway. It would be a great way to connect an increasingly lively RRC/Marketlands precinct with the Centennial Centre and the East Exchange.
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yeah, funnelling every one off the streets into the pedway will definitely help with security and safety...
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^ There are already a lot more people around there than there were 15 years ago... a few people avoiding the worst blasts of winter by walking indoors probably won't have much of an effect.
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^ There are already a lot more people around there than there were 15 years ago... a few people avoiding the worst blasts of winter by walking indoors probably won't have much of an effect.
I'm torn on the idea personally. The utilitarian in me wants the walkway to allow me to be able to access all of downtown in heated or cooled comfort. However, having seen some pretty cold parts of Europe in the winter, and seeing that they give zero shits and still have vibrant streets on the worst of days makes me want us to eschew the heated convenience of the indoor and have our own vibrant streets in winter. Because honestly, when it's -25, there are few things better than having a hot glass of mulled wine outdoors. Granted you wouldn't want to spend that much time outside, there are ways to do it.

The encouraging thing is to see us slowly embrace the reality of our climate and simply enjoy the outdoors no matter the weather.
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